Who will wear the Old Leather Helmet?
Each year, the best in college football open the season in Atlanta. At stake? The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game’s coveted Old Leather Helmet Trophy. An icon of toughness and courage, it represents the origins of college football rivalries, and is worn only by the winner of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Regular season “trophy games” are an integral part of the history of college football: From Paul Bunyan’s Axe to the Golden Hat to the Victory Bell to the Seminole War Canoe, college football is filled with emblems of big-game rivalries.
And now, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has added The Old Leather Helmet to the mix, starting its own tradition. The difference is, playing for the Old Leather Helmet is by invitation only.
In just five years, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has established itself as the pre-eminent season-opening game in college football, attracting the biggest names in the game to Atlanta each year. In the process, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has created a model that other games across the country are now trying to emulate.
The battle for The Old Leather Helmet has served as a showcase for the brightest stars in college football since 2008, with a list of alumni that includes 25 NFL first-round draft picks, six National Coaches of the Year and 11 players who have earned National Player of the Year awards.