Ohio State Buckeyes football helmet worn by Archie Griffin

Manufactured by
Riddell, American, founded 1929
Worn by
Archie Griffin, American, born 1954
Signed by
Archie Griffin, American, born 1954
Subject of
Ohio State University, American, founded 1870
On View
Community/Third Floor, 3 052
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field
plastic, metal, padding, synthetic fiber
10 1/2 × 9 1/2 × 13 in. (26.7 × 24.1 × 33 cm)
An Ohio State Buckeyes football helmet worn by Archie Griffin.
The hard plastic helmet is gray with black, white, and red lines running vertically from the front to the back in the middle of the helmet. There are holes throughout the surface of the helmet. The inside of the helmet has thick black padding. Grey plastic-coated metal bars form a face mask. The face mask juts out severely from the front of the helmet. It has one vertical bar down the center and two curved horizontal bars with additional bars between the horizontal bars into three sections. There is a white leather chin strap, snapped onto both the left and right of the helmet The chin strap is attached with two buttons on each side. The chin strap is white with red type reading “RiddellR.” Additional illegible writing is on the bottom left of the strap. On the left center side of the helmet handwritten in black ink is “Archive Griffin / 74 / 75.” Centered on the back of the helmet is the number “45.” “Archie / [illegible]” is handwritten on the interior of the hat, by the left ear hole in a brown colored ink.
Place used
Columbus, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Tools and Equipment-Sports and Recreational
sports uniforms
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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