NFL to Allow Alternate Helmets in 2022

On Thursday, the NFL informed teams that it will be allowing them to wear two different helmets beginning in the 2022 season.

There it is – the news we’ve all been waiting for! The NFL, sometimes jokingly called the “No Fun League,” took a step in the right direction with this move. For the players, the motto has always been “look good, feel good, play good.” Sporting a fresh helmet every now and then just might jump start that idea.

There are some rules teams must follow with the helmets, however:

  • Clubs must obtain an entire new set of alternate color helmets for all players
  • Alternate color helmets must be the same make, model and size as the applicable player’s primary helmet
  • Alternate helmets must be made available to all players at the start of training camp and should be fit at the same time as original, primary helmet
  • Alternate color helmets must be worn in practice at a minimum during the week leading up to a game in which they will be worn

As for the fans, it’ll be pleasing to see a fresh look. Fans like me have been waiting for the league to re-implement this rule for awhile now. They’ll become another thing that fanbases can argue about with one another. The Steelers’ alternate helmets are already ugly. And no, I don’t know what they look like.

The Bengals’ social media team and organization as a whole have become very interactive with the fans under Elizabeth Blackburn. That theme looks to be here to stay considering the Bengals’ official twitter asking for suggestions.

My vote? I’d love to see white helmets with orange stripes to go along with the all white uniforms. It would offer a clean look with bright, shiny orange for big road games. And like I said – look good, feel good, play good.

Logan Vaughn

I write about Cincinnati sports in my free time.

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