If you’re watching tonight’s CFP national championship game between Michigan and Washington (here’s the latest on the uniform matchup), you’ll probably see lots of close-ups of Michigan’s helmets, which are studded with a season’s worth of merit decals (or pride stickers, or whatever you want to call them). Michigan has been wearing these since 2015, when Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach.
The Detroit Free Press has a good article that decodes the Wolverines’ various decal designs. I don’t want to copy/paste the entire thing, but here’s a taste:
- A sticker featuring a wolverine facing left with a number on it denotes a win. It is by far the most common type of sticker on the helmets. The number represents the win in program history, which surpassed 1,000 this season.
- A sticker reading “EUTM” means “An Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind.” Named after Jim Harbaugh’s book, it goes to deserving players. Harbaugh specifically called out Kris Jenkins when he unveiled the sticker over the summer, but it went to other leaders on the team as well, including Blake Corum.
- Stickers that read TED signify players who were “there every day.” It goes to players who were in every spring and fall practice.
Enjoy the game tonight!
(My thanks to Phil for alerting me to the Free Press article.)