The NFL changed their uniform policy ahead of the 2022 season that allows teams to introduce a secondary or alternate helmet. Teams in the league have been pushing for a secondary helmet for the last few years. And this year we get new lids for the pros. The NFL’s new helmets will only be used with classic or throw back uniforms or color rush jerseys. Like college, the NFL’s new helmet designs are much needed and will provide a new look for most clubs. Like everything in the league, we’ll starting ranking the NFL’s new helmets for 2022.
This change in league policy means we could see some of the best throwback uniform combinations in league history. The Philadelphia Eagles have announced in 2023 the Kelly Green would be returning. The Buccaneers announced the same timeline for their creamsicle throwback. The Patriots and Falcons are bringing back their old school helmets. The Panthers, Saints, and Bengals are among NFL’s new helmet designs for 2022.
There are some cool possibilities for teams yet to announce an alternate helmet. Seattle bringing back the silver helmets? The Bills going to a red lid a few times a season? Jacksonville bringing back the gold to black gradient helmet? Probably not the last one. But the point is the NFL needs to embrace this change in policy and take a page out of the college rule book. The new designs won’t sit well with the old guard, but the kids will love the new designs. Let’s get to it; ranking the NFL’s new helmets for 2022.
Update: Since this post the Cowboys, Giants, and Jets have released new helmets. We add them into the rankings.