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John Hannah 1984-85 New England Patriots Game-Worn-Used Helmet

Proudly celebrating American's early heritage via their Patriots mascot name an log0, the New England football franchise has authored a "revolution" of its own in repeatedly rising to prominence over the last three decades.  Offered is a Patriots helmet worn by the top offensive linemen of the club's existence-and perhaps the greatest offensive lineman on any team in any era, John "Hog" Hannah.  

The white plastic shell boasts the team's "Pat Patriot" Colonial mascot in a center "hiking" position and a red and blue striped pattern down the center.   At the back, separate "7" and "3" decals pinpoint the helmet's use to Hall of Famer Hannah.  

A number of other features link the helmet to Hannah. First, this style of numeric identifiers (blue-white thin numerals on the red stripes) was abandoned after 1986 and in 1987  through the end of the decade, large, thick numbers were adhered outside the striping with high placement.  

Secondly, the shell's crown is stamped "1984" and Hannah hung up his cleats after the "85 season.  

Third, Hannah wore the unusual side clips for a couple of seasons near the end of his career , and also wore the double reinforced cage (in white during his final three seasons.)  Hannah wore number "73" exclusively from 1973 through 1985.  After his retirement nobody wore that number in 1986 and Danny Villa wore it from 1987 -1991.  But by 1986 virtually all helmets were forward clipped (unlike this one) the rear numberic identifiers style, size and placement were radically changed and from 1987 onward the clips were clear not white.  A cusotmized "PATRIOTS" snubber resides over the front bumper and is situated atop the four bar face mask.  

Within the shell four rows of padded cless (two along the circumference and two at the crown) are accompanied by two jaw pads, a size 7 1/2 sitcker and two black marker notations of "74".  The Sunday relic shows phenomenal use, with battle induced scuff marks and paint transfers throughout.  

The interior padding is intact, except for a portion of the forehead pad, which has become disengaged likely due to head and shoulder combat engaged by the fierce drive  blocking Hannah.  Overall, a fantastic specimen representing a true hero of "trench" warfare.  

the original front Wildcat, snubber remains intact with "Riddell" in red print residing between the two clips.  The origianl "PAtriots" customized front bumpber logo which was glue affixed as was customary became disengaged due to excessively dried out glue backing and was re-affixed in proper postion atop the Riddell log.  The Cracked and brittle size sticker on the interior crown has witnessed marginal deterioration in that sections have become disengaged and flaked off.  

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