With the NFL deciding to allow alternate color helmets starting with the 2022 season, it opens up a plethora of opportunities for teams to create new looks or bring back some of the old classics. The NBA, NFL, and Major League Baseball have already embraced alternate looks, styles, and color palettes, this ruling will bring the NFL into the fold and could possibly bring us some brand new looks (white Bengals helmets, the ill-fated black Saints helmets, or possibly teams embracing a silver, gold or white alternative).
For the time being, let's concentrate on all the great old looks that teams could now bring back. When the NFL celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1994, teams started to wear throwback jerseys and helmets and, with sports throwbacks becoming a fashion trend at the time, it became a hit with fans. For nearly the next two decades, teams would sport some old uniforms and helmets to lean into nostalgia ... and to sell a bit more merchandise. In 2013, the league still allowed alternate jerseys but outlawed changing the color of the helmets due to safety concerns.
The league has reversed that ruling and, with safety protocols still in place, is allowing teams to show off their historic garb. Here are some old-school looks that we hope teams will be bringing back.