A Visual History of Football Helmets

football helmetsFor the past ten years The Helmet Project has been assembling images of football helmets.  The current array includes professional teams (American, Canadian, Arena, and others) and NCAA divisions I, II, and III, and even NAIA and some junior colleges.  The time period covered goes back to 1960.
Please note that my interest lies only in the "helmet design", by which I basically mean the shell and faceguard colors, the logo decals (if any), and the stripes running over the top of the helmet (if any). No attempt is being made here to illustrate the physical variations of helmets produced by different manufacturers, or the many different styles of faceguards, nor do I intend to show changes in the physical structure of helmets over the decades (at least not in the near future); partially for these reasons, 1960 has been somewhat arbitrarily chosen as the cut-off date for all the historic helmets for now. I am also not attempting to display fine details like "award decals" that would not show up well in the image size I am using here, or those details that would not be visible from this perspective (such as numerals on the back of the helmet). It is not my intention to illustrate every variation worn by every individual football player on any of these teams, just whatever was "the" design for each team at a particular time.

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Check this site out. Not only does he have the designs for almost every team in America and Canada, including high schools, (which really impressed me,) but he has ones he designed himself. It's an amazing site.

http://www.mghelmets.com/
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At first, I thought, "WTF? Who cares?" But I have to admit...I wound up looking through all of the NFL helmets. It's interesting to see how little the helmet designs have really changed throughout the years. Most stayed pretty consistent from the mid 70's to the mid-late 90's.
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Wow! That is...very thorough @_@ I can't imagine collecting the pics for so many teams. They even have my university there, and no one even knows who we are if I say something about our sports teams!
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