One of the more quirky things that happens at these various post-season all star games is players trading helmet stickers. I really don't ever give it much thought, it is only a all-star game. This looks fine if you play for Arizona, Iowa State or Rutgers, and your helmet is just another in the crowd. If you feel like it looks better covered with the USC, Oklahoma or Miami logos -- that is your choice. But I saw something at the recent East West Shrine Game that absolutely made my skin crawl. It took me a while to find an actual picture from the game, and today I finally did.
Why in the world would anyone change the classic look of the Michigan helmet ?
Outgoing Michigan senior Morgan Trent decided to cover the distinctive Michigan winged helmet with stickers from other schools. I don't have a ton of images, because outside of the ESPN broadcast the East West Shrine game does not attract a lot of fans or photographers. From the angles that I have been able to grab, it looks like he has a logo from Georgia Tech, Florida State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Richmond (spider on top), and Georgia (left side). As if this was not bad enough, our man Morgan decided to kick every Michigan fan in the balls as he placed an Ohio State BUCKEYE "atta-boy" sticker on the front of his helmet. Ouch, that stings.
In direct contrast, fellow senior Terrance Taylor wore his Michigan helmet without any additional logos. And while I am clearly biased -- I must say his helmet was the best looking one on the field.
I don't have anything personal against Morgan Trent. He is what he is. Some NFL team (please NOT the Lions) will take a shot at him because he is fast. Quite frankly, I doubt he will have much of a pro career: he really can't cover anyone, he takes horrible tackling angles, and makes bad decisions costing his team touchdowns. Trent gets another chance to showcase his skills at the Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile. Let's hope someone from the Michigan staff got a hold of and coached him up on this matter.
My message to any Michigan player playing in one of these Senior All-Star games: Resist the temptation to alter the best looking helmet in football. The winged Michigan helmet is one of the most distinct and recognizable helmets in the world. The brand associated with this helmet stands alone. There is nothing you can do to improve how it looks. Wear it this last time with pride.