Valley Ranch Treasures

Cowboys bicentennial helmet

The helmet worn by Cowboys players during the 1976 season featured a distinctive red stripe along with the traditional blue and white stripes down the middle of the headgear.

The 50 yard line at Texas Stadium also featured a red stripe (alongside the traditional blue and white stripes) in 1976.

Why would the helmet and the 50 yard line feature red when the Cowboys’ team colors are blue/silver/white? And why did it occur only for the 1976 season?

The Cowboys were celebrating the USA’s Bicentennial in 1976, a year-long series of celebrations and observances that paid tribute the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Those of us who are old enough to remember the mid-1970’s remember a lot of red, white and blue in 1976. For example, in my neighborhood in Dallas, the fire hydrants were all painted red/white/blue for the bicentennial. And the 4th of July celebrations that year were extra special (with really awesome fireworks extravaganzas).

If you ever see photos or highlights from Cowboys games in the 1970’s, if you see a red stripe down the helmet, you’ll know that the game was played in 1976!


Author: Kristi Scales

Kristi Scales

Kristi Scales is the Cowboys' multi-award winning sideline reporter who has covered the Cowboys for 25 seasons.

Twitter: @KristiCowboy

3 Responses to “Valley Ranch Treasures”

  1. Once again you give us “older” Cowboys fans a little behind the scenes insight! And yes I too can remember those days like you.

  2. Good story. I to am an( older fan ). I remember the white helmets and blue star. How about when Dandy Don broke his nose. Or Walt Garrison biting through his tongue? By the way does anyone know what Walts signing bonus was? (A pickup truck and a horse trailer)

  3. I certainly remember 1976 & the Bicentennial celebrations- including the specially minted quarters. But I did NOT remember the red stripe on the helmets! Very cool…. Kristi, you probably should’ve been a history teacher!

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