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Akron to wear "Flying A" throwback helmets for Homecoming game vs. Ball State

The reveal was part of Akron’s UNISWAG Snapchat takeover.


The Akron Zips are feeling pretty good after their first win against rival Bowling Green in eight years, so why not look good too?

Akron’s football equipment team took over UNISWAG’s Snapchat on Thursday morning and during the process of making the helmets, they revealed a special little something:

That’s right: the Flying A from the Rubber Bowl-era is back on the helmets for Akron’s Homecoming Game vs. Ball State this Saturday. Here’s a closer look at the exclusive lid, courtesy of UNISWAG’s Twitter account:

The rest of the Zips’ uniform this weekend will be the same as usual, but the Flying A helmet will be worn for the first time since 1994.

The Flying A helmet was the first helmet Akron ever wore as a member of what is now the FBS level of college football, debuting the helmet in 1986 in their final year as a then-Division I-AA college.

The Zips then spent five seasons as an FBS independent sporting the Flying A helmets before being absorbed into the Mid-American Conference in 1992. The helmet would stick around until 1995, when new coach Lee Owens stepped in for the outgoing Gerry Faust, whose teams wore the Flying A helmet in every season he was at the helm.

The helmets can be seen in Akron’s game against Ball State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium.