Start the speculation.
The NFL has approved a plan where teams can use alternate helmets for throwback, alternate or Color Rush uniforms starting in 2022.
Some throwback helmets could include the Buccaneers’ old creamsicle look of a white helmet with an orange buccaneer logo, the Seahawks’ silver helmets donned by Steve Largent and Dave Krieg, and New England’s Pat Patriot headgear.
Teams must inform the league of their plans for their 2022 alternate helmets by July 31. That gives designers one month to prepare for their team’s new style.
This is a rare example of a win-win. An older generation of fans can enjoy younger players wearing the full uniforms of the past. Generation Z can expand their collection of memorabilia and apparel, donning some fresh, new styles.
And the players will be safe, as the helmets must adhere to all league policies and be worn in practice a week before gameday to ensure proper fit — teams have been restricted to one helmet since 2013 due to safety reasons.
The opportunities are endless, so buckle up for a fun ride.