Super Bowl helmets made in Salem, Illinois
State Representative Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) proudly announced last week that on Sunday, Feb. 3, twenty-seven professional players on both the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots teams would be wearing Schutt protective helmets made in Salem, Illinois. This year’s game was played in Atlanta, Georgia and was seen around the world in places from Canada and New Zealand to the United Kingdom and Thailand.
“I am proud that on the most watched event of the year for television, our southern Illinois community of Salem will be there on the field with each of the twenty-seven players who will be wearing helmets made right here in Illinois,” commented Rep. Blaine Wilhour. “Millions of football fans and fans of the commercial advertisements will see the quality work of people at the Salem plant.”
According to Schutt officials, the following players wore Schutt helmets at Sunday’s game: Greg Zuerlein; Marqul Christian; Joe Cardona; James White; Brandin Cooks; John Johnson III; Stephen Gilmore; J.C. Jackson; Robert Woods; Michael Brockers; Ufomba Kamalu; Duke Dawson Jr.; Justin Davis; Ethan Westbrooks; Brian Hoyer; Gerald Everett; Mark Barron; Ryan Allen; Tyler Higbee; Troy Hill; Phillip Dorsett; Lamarcus Joyner; Sam Shields; Ramon Humber; Nickell Robey-Coleman; and Marcus Peters.
“It is exciting to see the hard work and dedication of our employees on the biggest day of the year,” said Chris Himelick, plant manager at the Salem location.
According to Himelick, most of the players wore the newest model of helmet that has been through the “Virginia Tech Testing” process and is the highest rated helmet on the market today.
The national anthem was performed at the 2019 Super Bowl by seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight. One of the game announcers was Eastern Illinois alumnus and Walter Peyton Award recipient Tony Romo, who went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys. The final game score was New England Patriots 13, Los Angeles Rams 3.