"Hey Doc, It's just like the helmet that I wore"
-- Vols' Head Coach Phillip Fulmer with
Dr. Ken Leistner ("Dr. Ken")
You can add the Vols' brilliant head coach Phillip Fulmer to the
growing list of football icons that proudly display in their office a Helmet
Hut authentic reproduction of the helmet they wore during their playing days.
Legendary strength coach and trainer Dr. Ken Leistner ("Dr. Ken") was
in to Knoxville recently to serve as master of ceremonies for the 23rd Annual
University of Tennessee Strength and Conditioning Clinic. During his visit
"Dr. Ken" was invited to meet with Coach Fulmer to discuss new-sprung training
techniques and protective equipment. "Dr. Ken" is considered the "father" and
guru of the modern day strength and training profession.
After hearing "Dr. Ken" discuss the evolving technology that supports
the contemporary football helmet design Coach Fulmer could not resist pulling
out the "old school" style Riddell "RK" suspension helmet that he wore as an
outstanding lineman for the Vols from 1969 to 1971. "Dr. Ken" could certainly
appreciate Coach Fulmer's affinity with this character laden helmet of the
past. "Dr. Ken" had also worn the same style headgear as a running back for
the University of Cincinnati during the same era.
Hemet Hut is very proud that Coach Fulmer keeps this authentic helmet
reproduction on display in his office. Perhaps it will help bring him the same
good fortune realized by LSU head coach Nick Saban who after having Helmet Hut
provide authentic reproductions of vintage LSU helmets for his office went on
to win this years national championship. Is it possible that the positive
vibes generated by these great old style helmets are even strong enough to
offset the Sports Illustrated cover shot curse? If so, coaches hoping for a
championship team are welcome to contact Helmet Hut prior to this upcoming