Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, July 31, 2013

No matter how you feel about today's numerous football helmet designs, you will enjoy's feature on one of the guys responsible for all of the craze, statement-making looks.

[ It's gotta be the helmets ]

The man is Drew Gereb, and the company is Hydro Graphics Inc., located in Portland, which just so happens to be a city in the state that supports Oregon. As we all know, no school is more willing to push the envelope with helmets and uniform designs than the Ducks.

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But Gereb and HGI also outfit several Big Ten teams, including Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. It even designed future Big Ten member Rutgers' battle-scarred helmet.

In the video, Gereb had an interesting comment about the hydrochrome helmet helmet Michigan State wore last season at Michigan.

"Michigan State, actually, we showed them an idea of what their helmet might look like," Gereb said. "But they never actually even saw the helmet until they arrived at their facility. So, that one was one we were scared (about).

No worry, Michigan State seemed to like the look. So much so, in fact, a team spokesman said the Spartans may bust it out again this season.

About Brent Yarina web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature "Clothes Call," which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina's RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.