When folks discuss concerning the NFL being a stylish league, they’re normally referring to the on-field, schematic practicalities of the sport, however while you get proper right down to it, it might probably apply to only about any side of the enterprise.
Right right down to what we simply witnessed this previous week, throughout which one thing like half a dozen groups all simply so occurred to unveil new ‘alternate’ helmets that they’d be sporting—virtually all of them black, aside from the Cincinnati Bengals, whose helmets already featured outstanding black stripes over an orange base. Those black stripes will now be in opposition to a white base on their alternate helmets.
With all of this coming simply on the eve of groups coming into coaching camp, simply earlier than all of us had one thing significant to speak about, the helmet reveals did acquire a whole lot of traction, sufficient to get on some folks’s nerves. One such individual was Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, who poked enjoyable on the alternate black helmet development, for causes I most likely don’t have to clarify to anyone studying this.
“I think when every team releases their second helmet, is it really saying that much when everybody is getting a black helmet?”, Heyward mentioned yesterday on the third episode of his new podcast, Not Just Football. “Should we just call this the black helmet realm? Like, are we just getting used to everybody having a black helmet?”.
As you understand, the Steelers have virtually all the time had black helmets. Actually, their iconic, unchanged black helmet with a one-sided ‘steel’ brand was not launched till 1963, previous to which they sported largely quite a lot of yellow helmets. The group has used these yellow helmets as a part of throwback uniforms previously, most not too long ago within the 2011 season, Heyward’s rookie yr. And it’s a glance he’d wish to see revived.
“I wish the Steelers would go ahead and bring back the yellow helmets”, he mentioned. “I have mine downstairs in the basement right now, and we would only wear that a couple days in camp, and then maybe two games during the year, but everybody loved when you wore the yellow helmets. It stood out. It was such a big contrast from the normal. We had our black helmets, which are awesome, but everybody knew those yellow helmets stood out”.
You know what, Cam? I’m utterly on board with you. I believe they had been a number of the greatest throwback uniforms in skilled sports activities, personally. The Steelers first wore them within the 2007 season as a part of their Seventy fifth-anniversary celebrations impressed by their 1960 uniforms, however they solely lasted for these 5 seasons earlier than switching to the ‘Bumblebees’. Now they the place the brand new ‘color rush’ uniforms, which, whereas fairly in style with followers, nonetheless aren’t fairly as cool because the yellow helmets—so say me and Cam, who between us have 5 Pro Bowls below our belts.