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MSU Football Adds “Silver Lining” Decal to Its Helmets

The silver outline of the state of Michigan demonstrates the University’s commitment to ensure a bright future for the state’s residents.


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a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect: Every cloud has a silver lining.


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EAST LANSING, Mich. – During the 2009 football season, Michigan State will affix a silver outline of the state of Michigan emblem to the back of its football helmets. The placement of “The Silver Lining” decals on the helmets is intended to demonstrate that Michigan State University is committed to ensuring a bright future for the residents of our state. The concept for the helmet sticker originated with a suggestion from Spartan head football coach Mark Dantonio to MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis.


“Given the challenging economic conditions that we face in the state of Michigan, we wanted to show support for the residents and businesses in our home state and encourage everyone to unite for our common good,” Dantonio said.


“The emblem reminds all of us of MSU’s positive role in the social, cultural and economic health of the state,” Hollis said. “From conducting world-leading particle physics research, to providing opportunities to gather at sporting events across our state, to partnering with Michigan communities to solve grass-roots problems, we continue to play a transformational role in the prosperity agenda for our state.”


Back in the 1980s, then-Iowa head football coach Hayden Frey placed an ANF (America Needs Farmers) sticker on the Hawkeyes’ helmets to draw attention to the challenges facing the American Farmer. Today, the future of the American auto industry is one of the key elements to the resurgence of Michigan’s economy. In order to show support during these challenging times for the auto industry, Michigan State University has extended its long-standing corporate partnership with General Motors by offering to waive GM’s annual sponsorship fee for 2009-10.