In honor of Super Bowl 50, archivist Elizabeth Borja uncovered these images of Robert “Bob” Eucker sporting a football helmet while standing atop his Bell P-63A Kingcobra. Eucker had just won the Sohio Handicap Trophy Race in the 1948 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. To celebrate his $3,150 win, Eucker borrowed a football helmet from his local high school and can be seen celebrating atop his airplane "Spirit of 'Tick'"
The Goodyear blimp has flown over sporting events for over 50 years. The C-49 control car on this airship saw duty over the 1977, 1980, 1983, and 1985 Super Bowls. The Goodyear blimp pictured here, Columbia N4A, also starred in the Hollywood thriller Black Sunday (1977) / Courtesy of Goodyear
Harvard vs. Carlisle football game on November 9, 1907. A time when helmets resembled aviator caps. Forward passes had been legal for less than a year, and Carlisle made use of them. Harvard had won the 10 previous meets, but Carlisle won this game 23-15. More: http://s.si.edu/hniZf / Photo by Edgar W. Mix
Football jersey from "Roger the Dodger," U.S. Naval Academy, winner of the 1963 Heisman Trophy. In eleven seasons as Cowboys quarterback, Staubach took his team to two Super Bowl championships, in 1972 and 1978.