On 149th Birthday, Tiger Football Introduces Commemorative Logo, Will Honor 15 In (Almost) 150 On Twitter
It was 149 years ago today — Nov. 6, 1869 — when captain William Gummere took a band of Princetonians to New Brunswick to play in the first college football game. The foundation of a great American tradition was created that day, and that tradition will be celebrated over the next year across the nation.
When you started the tradition, well, it just means a little bit more.
To commemorate the upcoming celebration – which will culminate Nov. 9, 2019, when Princeton faces Dartmouth at Yankee Stadium — the Tiger football program adopted a logo that it will use throughout 2019. Created by SME, a Learfield Company and creative agency that developed the original 150 logo that will be used nationally next year, the Princeton logo brings together several historic Tiger trademarks while also keeping the ‘150’ at the heart of it.
The logo, which is centered in the image above, features two versions of the famed winged helmet, an institution in college football. First introduced at Princeton by Hall of Fame head coach Fritz Crisler in 1935 — who then took it to Michigan — the winged helmet returned 20 years ago during the debut season of Princeton Stadium (which replaced Palmer Stadium, yet another trademark of the program) and has remained the Tiger helmet ever since.
Above and below the helmets are the orange stripes that have long been a tradition on Princeton football jerseys, dating back to the era of College Football Hall of Famer Hobey Baker ’14. Though there have been different numbers over the years, the orange stripes on black sleeves represents one of the most recognizable aspects of one of the proudest traditions at the University.
Of course, the Orange and Black itself is at the core of more than just Princeton Football. In 1880, orange stripes were added to the black shirts. This, along with a newspaper account that credits the Princeton 11 with “playing like Tigers,” gives rise to the University’s athletic team nickname.
In honor of the grand tradition of Princeton Football, the @PUTigerFootball Twitter feed will share 15 historic moments over the last (almost) 150 years. They will begin at 10 am, and will continue every 42 minutes (when you have a Heisman Trophy winner, you honor him every chance you can) throughout the day.
As the 2018 Princeton team is showing, history can continue to be made, even in the most historic of programs. We honor that history today, while also sharing in the excitement of both the present and future.