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Monte "Iron Jaw" Stickles was a multiple weapon, 2-time All-American and Captain for the "Fighting Irish" in the late 1950s. He was a fierce blocker, a clutch pass catcher, a reliable kicker and an enforcer to be reckoned with. He also holds a distinction of using a variety of different face masks during his N.D. career; no mask and single bar in 1956, white single bar and white 2-bar in 1957 and 1958, gray "Joe Perry" upturned 1-bar mask and regular BD-9 gray 2-bar in 1959. But the masks are just part of the story. Stickle's early Notre Dame career saw him wear the coveted MacGregor H612 with the now famous contrasting black iron cross atop the crown. Entirely leather padded with 8-point crown suspension, this headgear was the Cadillac of helmets in the 1950s. Stickles wore it in 1956 and 1957, and according to his recollection, wore it again during spring practice of 1958, balking at the new Wilson bubble eared helmets to which the Irish were transitioning at the time. Stickles also adopted a 2-bar for protection against further injury to a mouth wound for a short period of time. For the regular season in 1958, Stickles was forced to wear a Wilson as did all of his teammates, and then again switched in 1959 to an RK Riddell at the start of the Kuharich era at South Bend. When the team switched to Wilson headgear, Stickles kept this leather relic as a keepsake. (His MacGregor single bar 1959 Riddell "green clover" counterpart wound up in a Poughkeepsie, NY steamer trunk in the cellar of "The Iron Jaws'" relatives. Stickles has signed and inscribed the size 7-1/8 helmet, "Monty Stickles AA #80 - Fighting Irish 1957" in black marker ("9") in eminently displayable condition despite a brittle and aged leather interior. Moderate wear. After being a #1 draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1960, Stickles went on to a fine 9-year NFL career, but he never wore a leather helmet again. That would be reserved forever for use under the Golden Dome of Notre Dame. As important a game-worn Notre Dame football specimen as has ever been offered. Sourced directly from Monty Stickles through a long-time friend. Go Irish! LOA from PSA DNA. LOA from Legendary Auctions.
1957 Monty Stickles Notre Dame Signed Game Used Helmet
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