NFL to allow teams to use second helmet starting with 2022 season


CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL will allow teams to use a second – or alternate color – helmet with uniforms beginning with the 2022 season.

The league sent a memo to its clubs Thursday informing them of the decision.

Teams have until July 31 to notify the league office of their intention to use a secondary helmet.

Unfortunately, this move will not affect the Browns and allow the team to use a matching white helmet with their 1946 throwback uniforms this year in celebration of the team’s 75th anniversary.

With teams incorporating throwback uniforms, their desire to use matching helmets was not allowed under the one shell rule that was adopted in 2013 with player safety in mind.

NFL teams typically had two helmets assigned for each player – one for practice and the second for game use which allowed equipment staff to be able to send helmets for repainting and reconditioning during the season.

Likely popular classic helmets to return to rotation are Pat the Patriot, Denver’s Bronco and D look and the creamsicle Buccaneer.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Matt Starkey-Cleveland Browns