"Paper Lion" Reunion

The classic Riddell "RK" suspension helmet made a stunning 50 yard line debut on Sunday, September 21, before a capacity crowd at Ford Field during Sunday's Lions -- Vikings game. At half-time the current Detroit Lion's organization honored the 40th anniversary of the 1960s era Detroit Lions team that was the subject of the George Plimpton's book and movie "Paper Lion." To help celebrate the occasion each returning player, including Mr. Plimpton, was presented with a vintage Riddell "RK" 1960s era Lion's helmet. Each helmet was proudly personalized by Helmet Hut.com to reflect the same mask style that was worn by each former player during his playing days. Former Lion heroes such as Lem Barney, Roger Brown, Gail Cogdill, John Gordy, Alex Karras, Earl Morrall and Joe Schmidt enthusiastically responded with the now familiar remark "this is just like the old helmet that I wore" as they each received an authentic reproduction of their original Riddell suspension helmet. After half-time all the participants returned to their honorary suite to watch the remainder of the game, share old stories and exchange autographs on their already treasured helmets. There was virtual agreement among the audience that this very special and emotional event received an extra boost when the returning heroes were presented with the most symbolic piece of their fighting armor -- their old Riddell suspensions! Please join Helmet Hut.com and enjoy the accompanying photos that capture this glorious reunion.

"Paper Lion" reunion banquet.  /  Special honoree George Plimpton and Lion's HOF Lem Barney
holding autographed RK helmet auctioned for Lion's charities.

Pre game interest by Coach Steve Mariucci.  /  Legendary Lion's owner William Clay Ford is also
honored with a personalized "RK" helmet.

Half-time presentation of the "RK" helmet to the returning players.




We sadly morn the loss of this great man and we celebrate his life with the knowledge that his last days on earth were, in his own words, the most special of his life.

George Plimpton 1927 - 2003