National Football League


National Football Conference - East Division

DALLAS COWBOYS NEW YORK GIANTS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Historical Helmets

DALLAS COWBOYS

1964 - 1966 1976 1960 - 1963; November 25, 2004;
additional games 2005 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1967 - 1975; 1977 -

*1 The Cowboys replaced ONE of the blue central stripes with a red one for some (but perhaps not all) of their games during the 1976 season. All pictures I have seen of these helmets show the red stripe on the right side of the helmet, so that the stripe sequence, from left to right, runs blue-white-red. I have illustrated this helmet here with a technically incorrect depiction showing the red stripe on the left side, because otherwise the representation would look just like the Cowboys' current helmet design. The red stripe was added in recognition of the United States' bicentennial year.

*2 In addition to the 1960 - 1963 period, the Cowboys used white helmets 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), and November 25, 2010 (vs New Orleans).


NEW YORK GIANTS

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

*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 -
*see note 4 below

I have received conflicting information regarding the wing decals on the white 1973 Eagles helmet, with some people claiming that a black outline was present around the outside of the decal, and others insisting that no such outline was present. As of April 2007 it was my belief that both versions were probably used, though I have not yet received any photographs that I consider to be incontrovertible evidence in favor of either version (all the photographs are just a little too blurry). However, as of 2010 I am leaning towards thinking that the alleged black-outline version was probably NOT used.

The evidence supporting a black-outlined version includes: such a version is listed at Mike Stanhope's NFL helmet web site (http://www.mikestanhope.com/Helmetpix.html), which also includes a small photograph that may imply the presence of a dark outline; the "Helmet Hut" web site (http://www.helmethut.com/gabe.html) shows a replica helmet with a dark outline around the wing. Some evidence against such a version would include these comments posted to this web site's message board by people whom I believe to be reliable: "ESPN Classic is airing the Game of the Week between the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles from 1973. As I have long suspected, there is NO black outline on the Eagle wing", and from another visitor, "I also am convinced that there was never a Black outline on the Green wings either; I've got a very clear (although it's in B&W) photo from the 1973 season that shows that the wings did NOT have an outline". In 2010 some visitors to the web site sent me links to video at the YouTube web site showing footage from the 1973 Eagles vs Bills game - I could not detect any clear indication that a black outline was present (indeed I would say that there appeared to NOT be a black outline). Any good photographs from the Eagles' 1973 season would be appreciated.

Below is one photo which does seem to imply the presence of a black outline around the wing. At left is the "original", and at right is the same image brightened and with a "smoothing" effect applied to make the photo less grainy. It is worth noting, however, that I have noticed an optical effect - I have no idea what to call it - that sometimes causes a darkening of the boundary between bright and dark areas in some photographs. The most relevant instance of this was in another photograph, which I have since lost in a hard drive crash, which appeared to show a dark outline around the logo on a New York Jets helmet from the 1970s. Certainly nobody has ever claimed that the Jets logo ever had a dark outline around it, but in that photograph it did appear to do so. This phenomena might account for the apparent outline in the photograph below.

*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 as a tribute to 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 which were worn during that game are intended to resemble those worn by the first Philadelphia Eagles team, which played in 1933.


WASHINGTON REDSKINS

c.1959 - 1964 1965 - 1969 1970 - 1971;
September 23, 2007
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1972 - 1977 1982 1994 special
*see note 3 below
2002 home games November 3, 2013 1978 - 1981;
1983 -
*see note 4 below

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 This helmet featured a decal representing a red and white feather with a white shaft, placed where a central stripe would normally be. Obviously this feature is difficult for me to depict clearly from this perspective.

*2 This design was conceived by Redskins head coach Vince Lombardi, who sought to emulate the look his Green Bay teams had worn with such success during the 1960s. Lombardi did not live to see his design used by the Redskins in a regular-season game; he died of cancer on September 3, 1970. The design was brought back for a home game against the New York Giants in 2007.

*3 According to Mike Stanhope's football helmet web page (www.mikestanhope.com/Helmetpix.html), apparently 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.

*4 Worn during the 2013 home game vs San Diego.