Today I wanted to take a look at some more gumball helmet goodness, this time in the form of some old NFL designs from the 1970's. These classic gumball helmets feature some of the greatest old school looks for several NFL teams. The first image includes the Buffalo Bills helmet from the OJ Simpson era, with the standing buffalo on the side of the white helmet. This look is classic Buffalo Bills, and I still think is better than their current helmet.
Next in the image is one of my all-time favorites, the classic BENGALS helmet that the team wore from its founding until 1980. It has to be the childhood memories that make this one so special to me, because it is about as simple as a design can get. The Eagles have changed looks a couple of times since this classic white helmet with the green eagle wings on the side. It is a really great design placement, and much different than what the team has used for many years. The final helmet in the image features the classic Orange Crush-era Denver Broncos helmet. For those of us who grew up in the 1970's, this is the real Denver Broncos look. The "D" with a snorting horse will always be associated with the Orange Crush years, and is a much more classic look than their current logo set.
This next image contains four more classics. The Giants helmet is their "old look that is their current look". The team wore this classic NY look prior to the switch to the GIANTS look of the LT era. The team returned to this look and it is on their current helmets. The New York Jets helmet is another that was the old and is now the new as well. Is there a pattern here?
The Oilers helmet in this image is a true classic. Most associate the white version of the oil derrick helmet with the Oilers, but this classic baby blue version preceded that one. This helmet is a true lost NFL classic. Finally, another old is now new helmet. This Chargers helmet was used by the team in the early 1970's. The team switched to a navy helmet for many years and has now returned to this classic look as their current helmet, with some minor color additions. Definitely a good move to return to this classic old school NFL look.