National Football League


National Football Conference - East Division

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
WASHINGTON
COMMANDERS

Historical Helmets

DALLAS COWBOYS

1960 - 1963;
additional games 2004 - 2012
1964 - 1966 December 29, 2022
*see note 1 below
1967 -
*see note 2 below

*1 In addition to the 1960 - 1963 this design was used during the following games: November 25, 2004 (vs Chicago), September 19, 2005 (vs Washington), November 24, 2005 (vs Denver), November 23, 2006 (vs Tampa Bay), December 25, 2006 (vs Philadelphia), November 29, 2007 (vs Green Bay), November 23, 2008 (vs San Francisco), October 11, 2009 (at Kansas City), November 25, 2010 (vs New Orleans), November 24, 2011 (vs Miami), and November 22, 2012 (vs Washington).

*1 During the 1976 season the blue stripe to the right of the white central stripe was replaced with a red stripe (as depicted below). This design was again used November 7, 2021 (vs Denver) and December 4, 2022 (vs Indianapolis).


NEW YORK GIANTS

c.1940s - 1960 1961 - 1974;
1994 special
1975
*see note 1 below
1975 1976 - 1979 1980 - 1999;
October 11, 2018
2000 - 2024 -

*1 During at least two preseason games in 1975, the Giants did not wear decals on the sides of their helmets. I have received photographic confirmation of this for a game in which the New York Jets were the opposing team, and a visitor to the web site has written to say that the numerals were also absent during a game against the Steelers, as was seen in an ESPN "Steelers '75 yearbook" program.


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

c.1955 - 1968;
September 12, 2010
1969 1969 - 1973
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 2 below
1989 (late season) 1994 special 1974 - 1995
*see note 3 below
September 23, 2007 1996 - 2022 -
*see note 4 below

Around the time when I created this website back in 1999 there were a few other websites which claimed the existence of another historical helmet for the 1973 Eagles; a white helmet with green "wings" on the sides which were outlined in black. I am now nearly certain that this version was NOT actually used, and that the "wings" were always green with no black outline, for the following reasons: 1) the photographs cited to support this version were (to the best of my knowledge) all of low-quality and were apparently displaying 'chromatic aberration', an optical phenomena which tends to produce 'fringes' along the boundary of dark and light parts of an image when seen through a lens (such as that of a camera); 2) all of the clear photographs of the 1973 helmets do not show any such black outline. Many much-better photographs have been published on the internet since 1999; below are some of these - notice that none of them show a black outline on the wings:


The photograph below shows a helmet that was apparently auctioned as a game-used helmet:

Finally, here are some comments by site visitor Dan pertaining to a Youtube video of highlights from the Eagles' 1973 5-8-1 season:
"1 minute 10 second mark - no black outline
1:18 - no black outline
4:00 - no black outline
5:38 - no black outline
6:34 - no black outline
7:35 - no black outline
10:21 thru 10:30 - no black outline
10:33 - no black outline
11:31 - even the helmet-car doesn't have a black outline
12:54 - no black outline
13:55 - no black outline
14:39 - no black outline
14:43 - no black outline
14:56 - no black outline
15:12 - no black outline
15:21 - no black outline
17:03 - no black outline (you can count Gabriel's nose hairs in this one, it's so clear)
17:29 - more nose hairs, and still no black outline
17:58 - no black outline
18:27 - no black outline
18:52 thru 19:08 - no black outline
20:59 - no black outline
22:09 - no black outline
22:49 - Harold Carmichael's nose hairs, and no black outline
In other words, 1973 - no black outline
I was an avid football fan and helmet freak starting in 1971. I used to draw each team's helmet with my artist-dad's array of colored pens, pencils and markers. And every detail mattered to me. Each season, we would actually LOOK for changes in each team. And we watched at least 2 Eagles games on TV, and watched every week's highlight show in 1973. And I was never aware of any addition of any black outline to the Eagles' helmet decals that year."

Obviously if anybody DOES have a CLEAR photograph of an ACTUAL 1973 Eagles helmet (as opposed to a replica helmet. or mini-helmet, etc) having a black outline around the wings, I would be very interested to see it.

*1 This design was brought back for use during the home game against Green Bay in 2010.

*2 Both green and white helmets were used during 1969; the green helmets were worn during road games and the white ones for home games.

*3 The Eagles wore a piece of black tape across their wing helmet decals during the last three games of the 1989 regular season and during a playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams. This was done in memory of the team's quarterbacks coach, Doug Scovil, who died on December 9, 1989. The specific dates were December 10 (vs Dallas), December 18 (at New Orleans), December 24 (vs Phoenix), and December 31 (vs Los Angeles).

*4 This helmet design was used on September 23, 2007 during a home game against the Detroit Lions. The helmet and uniforms worn during that game were intended to resemble those worn by the first Philadelphia Eagles team, which played in 1933.


WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

c.1959 - 1964 1965 - 1969 1970 - 1971;
September 23, 2007
1972 - 1977 1982 1994 special
*see note 1 below
2002 home games November 4, 2012 November 3, 2013
October 20, 2019 1978 - 1981;
1983 - 2019
November 22, 2020
2020 - 2021 2022 - 2022 -

The new team name was announced February 2, 2022. Previously the team name was Washington Football Team during the 2020 and 2021 football seasons, and Washington Redskins from 1937 through 2019.

Both of the "spear" helmets (the 2002 one and the 1965-1969 one) had somewhat darker shells than the other Redskins helmets, according to some sources.

*1 According to 'Mike Stanhope's football helmet web page' (www.mikestanhope.com/Helmetpix.html - site apparently no longer exists), not all players wore this altered version of the logo during 1982 (note that the feathers are different); some continued to use the "straight" feather version.