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Top Ten Helmet Designs in NFL History: A Fan’s View
For that reason, the Cowboys' current helmet gets the nod for No. 1 on this list.
Here's a look at the rest of the top ten best helmets in NFL history:
2) Pittsburgh Steelers, Current
The Steelers' helmet design is a true American classic. Featuring three diamond-shaped hypocycloids in bright blue, red and yellow, the helmet is instantly recognizable as a representation of championship-caliber, blood-and-guts football.
According to the Steelers team website, "the Steelers logo is based on the Steelmark logo belonging to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Created by U.S. Steel Corp. (now known as USX Corp.), the logo contains three hypocycloids (diamond shapes). In the 1950s, when helmet logos became popular, the Steelers added players' numbers to either side of their gold helmets. Later that decade, the numbers were removed and in 1962, Cleveland's Republic Steel suggested to the Steelers that they use the Steelmark as a helmet logo."
3) Green Bay Packers, Current
The Packers' helmet features another classic NFL design that will never be changed or altered. They have been wearing the same helmet since 1961, and they probably will keep on using the "green-and-gold" design until the end of time.
When I see the Packers helmet, I am immediately reminded of some of the legends who have worn it through the years.
4) Philadelphia Eagles, 1974-1995
I loved the kelly green with silver and white-winged helmet design that the Eagles wore between 1974 and 1995.
When the Eagles occasionally wear these on retro days, I'm immediately reminded of the late, great Reggie White, who wore this helmet design majestically through the late-80s and early-90s.
5) Oakland Raiders, Current
The Raiders have one of the most iconic and recognizable logos in the NFL. Their helmet is silver and black, with a mean-looking "Raider" with an eye-patch and swords boldly displayed on both sides.
6) New York Giants, Current
The Giants take a button-down, blue-collar approach to the game of football. They are no-nonsense, no-frills, and that's why their simple, white "NY" logo is perfectly fitting of the franchise.
7) New York Jets, 1963
Many Jets fans are glad the team did away with its white helmets that featured a green Jet along the sides, but this is one of my personal favorites. I was absolutely giddy when the design made a comeback on many current retro-style Jets baseball hats available in stores nationwide.
8) San Diego Chargers, 1961-1973
From 1961 through 1973, the Chargers wore incredible plain white helmets that featured a lightning bolt and players' numbers along the sides. The team recently brought this look back, but without the numbers.
9) Buffalo Bills, 1982-83
The Bills rocked a white helmet with a blue leaping buffalo along the sides during the 1982-83 season. This design was so popular that the team brought back a similar look in 2011.
10) New Orleans Saints, Current
The Saints have made numerous uniform changes since 1967, but their classic gold helmets with a black Fleur-de-Lis emblem hasn't been altered much through the years. I like this design because it is perfectly fitting of the French culture on display in the city of New Orleans.
What other helmet designs deserve to be on this list? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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