When I wrote my article last week about team's that should keep their AFL looks over their current ones, I didn't realize one common theme. Regular SDB contributor Marc made a comment about the fact that my picks would leave one division with too many white helmets. Until Marc made this comment, I didn't realize how much I like white helmets.
Once I started to think about it, I looked at all of the NFL helmets and came to the conclusion that there is something about the teams that wear white helmets that is appealing to me. I am a huge fan of the current San Diego Chargers helmet. It is a great upgrade from their navy helmet and is a great tribute to their history.
As I thought about the Buffalo Bills in that article, I continued to see this theme. I really don't like the team's current red helmet, but I am a fan of this design when the team used to wear a white version. I am a fan of the team's old AFL standing buffalo and think the Bills would look great back in that look or the white version of their current helmet.
One of my favorite uniform sets growing up was the Houston Oilers. Again, a team wearing a white helmet. I love seeing the light blue AFL version the Titans are wearing this season, but the true Oilers look to me is the white helmet they wore in the 1970's and 80's. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.
To me, there is no question that the New England Patriots look better in their classic white helmet than their current silver "flying-Elvis" design. The classic Pat the Patriot helmet is one of the coolest classic designs around. The Patriots look infinitely better this season when wearing the classic white rather than the current silver.
Even though I had never really thought about it, my love of white helmets even stretches back to the days of the USFL. Without question, my favorite USFL helmet was that of the Boston Breakers. The Breakers helmet is not only my favorite USFL look, but one of my all-time favorite helmets ever. The blue and silver waves on the white background are outstanding.
Even the new Florida Gators white helmet is growing on me the more I see it. So, thanks to Marc, I've opened my eyes to a design trend I didn't even realize impacted me. I know that the NFL can't have too many teams wearing white helmets, but they sure do look good!