The helmets were painted with a metallic green paint. This color made the helmets look darker than pervious years, but this is an illusion caused by the reflective nature of the metallic paint. Spartan fans reference the Nick Saban years as the era that the “helmets didn’t match the jerseys” because of the metallic paint.
Nick Saban’s final record at Michigan State was 34 – 24 – 1, with appearances at 1995’s Independence Bowl, 1996’s Sun Bowl and 1997’s Aloha Bowl.
Photography Credits: Masthead image is courtesy of Sports Illustrated; Image of 1995 – 1998 is courtesy of MSU Athletic Communications. Spartan Jerseys claims no ownership to these images.