Mitch Sherman | Jul. 31, 2013 | ESPN
Photo by Matt Cashore / Copyright University of Notre Dame.
Hydro Graphics Inc. conceptualizes many of the most innovative helmet designs used by teams in the NFL, NCAA and high schools nationwide. Chris Thom, president of HGI, explains the process of getting helmets from the drawing board to the playing field.
Notre Dame, which called in 2011 as word spread of HGI's work, long painted its traditional gold helmets on campus. But the color presented a problem. It's difficult to duplicate, so the Irish tasked HGI to solve the issue.
"We went through about 25 versions to get to the point where the folks at Notre Dame were happy," Gereb said. "But we were with them on it. We wanted to make sure it was perfect."
Back in South Bend, student managers still clean and prepare the helmets for action.