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Up until now, I was aware of only one college football player who wore a triple-digit number. That would be West Virginia punter/kicker Chuck Kinder (shown above), who wore No. 100 in 1963. That was the year that all WVU players wore “100” on their helmets to commemorate the state’s centennial, but only Kinder had permission to wear the number on his jersey.
But it turns out at least two other college gridders have worn No. 100. You can see one of them in these photos of a Louisville/Memphis State game from 1969 (the team in white is Louisville):
Those photos were posted on Twitter earlier this week by Jeb Hill, who says he found them in an old Memphis State yearbook. As you can see, there’s a Louisville player wearing No. 100. By odd coincidence, Memphis State was wearing “100” on their helmets — that was the college football centennial logo, which many teams wore in 1969. Was the Louisville player’s number also a reference to the centennial, and who was the player? I posed those questions to Louisville media relations department but haven’t yet heard back — stay tuned.
After those Louisville images began circulating, Lloyd Davis directed me to a book about Kansas football called Tales from the Jayhawks Gridiron (which happens to viewable online). It includes the following passage:
And then there’s a photo of Bell (love the square-toed kicking shoe):
So in Bell’s case, we know he wore No. 100 as an alternative to the entire team wearing the centennial helmet logo. It seems likely that the same was true of the Louisville player.
I wonder how many other schools went this route. Anyone know more?
(Big thanks to Jeb Hill and Lloyd Davis for the Louisville and Kansas shots.)
By Mike Chamernik
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