Monday, November 2, 2009

My Favorite Football helmets: Pro

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This list has nothing to do with teams that I go for or how many super bowls they have won. It has nothing to do with who owns the team or plays for the team. It is simply a subjective look at the famous helmets worn by these teams. I am at heart a traditionalist so I am sorry in advance to the Jaguars and the Titans (who have the worst helmet in my opinion) for not including them. I like old school. I like classic. I like simple. These are my top ten favorite pro football helmets.

Honorable mention:
Philadelphia Eagles

Nice strong color and the wings are definitely a classic look. Makes me hungry for a cheesesteak!

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

Let's get the state of Pennsylvania out of the way with the first two on my list. I don't care for the team or even the colors that much but I like the way the logo is on one side of the helmet. Very old school and that's cool.

9. Miami Dolphins

That dolphin with the helmet is one of the best images in sports to me. I heard rumors years ago that they were going to change it but I wouldn't dream of it if I were in charge. It's a classic.

8. Green Bay Packers

No top ten list of pro footbal helmets should leave this one out. It is the image of Vince Lomabardi, Bart Starr, and Paul Hornung. It's THE classic pro football helmet. I don't know which came first, the Green Bay "G" or the Georgia Bulldog "G", but they are both classics.

7. San Diego Chargers

The Chargers helmets worn by Dan Fouts and those early teams were pretty cool, but then they changed to a darker blue in the 90s which I never liked. These new helmets however are the coolest ones yet. I love the white helmet with the blue and yellow combo bolts. Very easy on the eyes.

6. New York Jets

The old Jets helmets from the 80s were some of the worst. But these new ones which are a modified version of the original Jets helmets worn by Broadway Joe and company are very cool. I like the color and the print. Classy and unpretentious.

5. Atlanta Falcons (throwback)

I have never been a fan of the new black Falcons helmet. When they broke out these throwbacks a few weeks ago I couldn't take my eyes off of them. They should definitely go back to the red helmets. They are awesome!

4. Indianapolis Colts

Johnny Unitas and the black hightops. This is simple and classic. Like the Penn State of the Pros.

3. Denver Broncos (throwback)

I have nothing against the new Broncos helmets which are cool, but these classic helmets John Elway wore most often are one of my favorites. The "D" and the old school bronco are much nicer to look at than the new ones, I think.

2. New York Giants

Man, what a good looking helmet! It's all about the red stripe. Those are strong, nice looking colors. Much better than the old 80s version with the word "GIANTS", and NO red stripe!

1. Dallas Cowboys

No matter how you feel about Jerra or the showboatin' teams of the 90s this is by far the best looking helmet in all of football and one of the most recognizable images in all of sports. The star is perfect, the silver is classic. Other teams wish they had a logo that simple and that cool.

I know I made somebody angry, so let me hear what you think. Which helmet is your favorite?


Joel said...

These two should be in there as well.. maybe I am biased.

Anonymous said...

Um, the Saints helmet is the best. And I'm not just saying that because they're my team......or am I? Oh and what about the Colts. That would be my 2nd pick and it isn't even on your list.

Dignan said...

Sorry, I had an original list weeks ago and forgot it. Now I fixed it, thanks Bert.

Everett said...

GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!