Around 1978, a new version of the Cardinal Bird appeared. This bird was sometimes barefoot, and sometimes dressed for football or basketball. While the "head" logo has surpassed him as the official logo, he is still a fan favorite.
The first sighting of the barefoot Cardinal Bird dates to 1978.
The beak is more stylized, as are the head feathers and the coloration around his eye.
This version, posed with a football, appears in the program for UofL's football game against South Dakota State, September 9, 1978.
This variation has his football cleats on (from the program for the 1981 football game versus Toledo).
This bird could also play basketball (1985, from the basketball media guide).