Why does UTSA have '210' on their helmets and what is the Triangle of Toughness?

Joshua Rogers December 22, 2021
Why does UTSA have '210' on their helmets and what is the Triangle of Toughness?
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The Roadrunners played San Diego in the Frisco Bowl recently, and people were curious about UTSA’s 210 helmets. Here’s why they wore them and what Coach Traylor’s Triangle of Toughness is.

No. 24 San Diego State Aztecs football team faced the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl on Tuesday from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The Aztecs managed to beat UTSA 38-24 in the game, capping off the program’s first 12-win season in history.

It is the second second bowl victory in three years for the Aztecs, and first since Brady Hoke took over the program in 2020.

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Why does USTA have 210 on their helmets?

During the game, many fans noticed The University of Texas at San Antonio football team wearing special helmets. The helmets had the number ‘210’ on them, and people wondered why that was.

Simply, the 210 decal on the helmets is giving a nod to San Antonio, as that’s the city’s area code. The 210 area code has been in place for San Antonio since 1992 and has become part of San Antonio’s identity. The helmet also featured the team’s motto “210 Triangle of Toughness” with a hashtag and logo.

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What is Coach Traylor’s Triangle of Toughness?

Coach Traylor’s 210 Triangle of Toughness culture has been implemented since his first days coaching the team. As one Texas fan explains: “Our players vote for who gets to wear the single-digit jerseys. The three numbers held in highest regard are the 2, 1, and 0 jerseys, with 0 being the absolute toughest to earn. The players who earn these jerseys are players that best exemplify the three pillars represented by Coach Traylor’s 210 Triangle of Toughness.”

They add: “Every year in training camp there’s a clean slate, so it starts all over again. Someone who may have worn the 0 jersey the previous year may not be voted by his peers to wear it again the following year if they feel he didn’t earn it, or if someone new stepped up to earn it away from him.

The Roadrunners first wore the 210 helmets against the University of Alabama at the Alamodome back in November. Their official Twitter account posted a closer look at the helmets at the time.

Roadrunners come up short after memorable year

USTA had an incredible season, but just came up short against the Aztecs. San Diego quarterback Lucas Johnson threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, while Jesse Matthews hauled in 11 catches for 175 yards and two scores.

UTSA receiver Zakhari Franklin cleared the 1,000-yard receiving mark with 89 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Aztecs. The Roadrunners finished the season at 12-2 after winning their first 11 games, and won Conference USA in 2021 for the first time. However, they are still in search of their first ever bowl victory.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.