The iconic University of Wyoming bucking horse and rider logo was recently named one of the best college football helmets in the country by USA Today.

"The Cowboys, fittingly, have a cowboy on their helmet riding a bucking bronco. Having it in silhouette form is probably the only reason it doesn’t look silly. Instead, it looks pretty awesome," Chris Morgan wrote

The Pokes join several other Mountain West programs on the best helmets list, including Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, and Hawaii. Colorado State also made the list along with the University of Colorado.

First registered as a trademark in 1936, the bucking horse and rider logo is the longest-running license plate design in America and proudly represents the Cowboy State on the official state quarter, the state highway shield and at the University of Wyoming.

The original logo dates back to 1918 when First Sergeant George N. Ostrom drew the symbol, which was displayed on the uniforms of Wyoming National Guard soldiers serving in World War 1. Later versions of the logo feature a depiction of cowboy Clayton Danks riding the famous horse Steamboat at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in 1909.


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