The NFL will enjoy a splash of color to its teams’ uniforms in 2022, featuring each modern and retro throwbacks because the league implements its latest rules regarding alternate helmets.
Making good on its “No Fun League” moniker, the NFL in 2013 banned using alternate helmets, citing concerns they were unsafe for players. Nevertheless, the league has since relaxed those rules, allowing for teams to make use of the alternate helmets starting with the 2022 season — albeit with a caveat.
The one way NFL teams can use alternate helmets is to feature them with non-standard uniforms (read: classic, alternate or Color Rush). In so doing, they allowed teams to interrupt out all-new or retro looks. Thirteen teams selected to make the most of the initiative.
The brand new looks feature some outlandish colours, cool twists around team names and a variety of black-on-black uniforms. With that, The Sporting News looks on the NFL’s rule change, which teams took advantage of it and the schedule for his or her latest looks:
MORE: Rating NFL teams’ alternate, throwback helmets for 2022
NFL alternate uniform rules, explained
The league in 2013 banned using alternate helmets, citing safety concerns amongst players. The league relaxed the rule in 2021, nonetheless, giving teams a July 31 deadline to tell the league whether it will have Color Rush, alternate or retro jerseys, starting with the 2022 season.
The NFL in 1994 began allowing teams to wear retro jerseys as a part of a celebration for the league’s seventy fifth 12 months. Once the 2013 rule went into effect, nonetheless, using throwbacks quickly diminished, considering it made no sense aesthetically to put modern domes on top of otherwise retro uniforms.
Even with the relaxed rules, safety concerns are still a problem with the league. So it created caveats to make sure teams would not jeopardize players’ health simply to don a latest look. Per the league, all players should be fitted for each primary and alternate helmets before training camp.
Alternate helmets should be the identical make, model and size as players’ respective primaries. Furthermore, players must use the alternate helmets throughout the week of practice leading as much as the sport wherein they might be used.
The Bears sported orange helmets today at practice, will wear them for the primary time in a game Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/TfTJ6dNWBn
— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) October 12, 2022
Apart from that, the one rule is that they need to be used with alternate, retro or Color Rush uniforms — limiting the variety of times those helmets may be worn in a given 12 months.
2022 NFL alternate helmet schedule
Thirteen teams total will break out alternate, retro or Color Rush jerseys in 2022. (For a more comprehensive breakdown of the teams’ latest looks, try The Sporting News’ review, courtesy of Kevin Skiver).
Here is the list of teams, in alphabetical order, breaking out latest looks (plus their confirmed schedules, respectively).
Cincinnati will break out its “White Bengal” look twice in 2022, which features white striped helmets to go on top of white jerseys.
- Week 4 “Thursday Night Football”
- Week 11
MORE: What to find out about Cincinnati’s “White Bengal” uniforms
The Bears have taken an interesting approach to the alternate helmets, switching to orange helmets for the primary time in franchise history. That can accompany a Color Rush look that features orange jerseys.
The Cardinals are one in all several teams so as to add black helmets on top of black jerseys. Sleek.
Certainly one of One. pic.twitter.com/mTts404T38
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 9, 2022
One other black alternate look, though the Commanders unlike Arizona featured black helmets with their jerseys and helmets.
The Cowboys will forgo the silver domes that sometimes accompany their uniforms in lieu of the retro white helmet and iconic star on the side, sans outline. Dallas may also feature an analogous alternate look in Week 17.
- Week 12 (Thanksgiving)
- Week 17
The Eagles are one other team to deploy black helmets on black jerseys, but may also use the Kelly green retros in 2022, as well.
The Falcons’ biggest news regarding alternate unis in 2022 is using their retro red helmets with the black falcon on top of a black jersey.
What’s more iconic than the enormous “NY” on the side of the Giants’ helmets? How concerning the script “GIANTS” of retro teams? That helmet will adorn the look more synonymous with the team within the Eighties and ’90s: a lighter blue with red accent.
Recent York goes with the stealth jet-black look in 2022 — one other team to interrupt out the all-blacks this season.
Carolina is breaking out an all-black uniform. Surprise. Unlike other teams on this list, this franchise is smart for it, considering the black-and-blue color scheme.
4 words: Pat. Patriot. Is. Back. The previous Recent England mascot is making a giant return to the team’s helmet, which may also include throwback red jerseys. An iconic search for an all-time team.
Reds are here. pic.twitter.com/J7JltI6Dh6
— Recent England Patriots (@Patriots) October 5, 2022
The ultimate team to feature black of their uniform change, the Saints are making a little bit of a press release with this one: It’s the primary time since 1969 that Recent Orleans will wear a helmet apart from the long-lasting gold dome with black fleur-de-lis. The colours are inverted on the 2022 alternate helmet.
— Recent Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 2, 2022
Last but not least, the Texans will introduce the battle-red helmet in 2022, a departure from the team’s normal navy headgear (aside from the Houston logo). It’s the primary time because the team’s first season in 2002 that it wears anything but the normal helmet.