Sammy Baugh's Leather Football Helmet

Sammy Baugh’s Leather Football Helmet. Courtesy Bullock Museum.

Just in time for football season, the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin dives into the eclectic history of professional pigskin with Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The exhibition’s 200-plus artifacts include such relics as Temple native “Slingin’ Sammy” Baugh’s leather helmet from his 1949 season with the Washington Redskins (at left); a game ball honoring Sealy native Eric Dickerson’s 1984 single-season rushing record; the modified shoe made to fit 1970s-era kicker Tom Dempsey’s toeless right foot; and one of Tom Landry’s signature fedoras. September 26, 2015–January 3, 2016.

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