There was a time when every football team wore leather helmets. They were thin, light and didn’t really do much to protect a player’s head, but they looked pretty awesome. There’s just something about an old-school leather helmet that makes you nostalgic for the glory days of football (even if those days were before you were born, making your nostalgia a bit ridiculous).
Though many NFL teams have worn throwback uniforms in recent years, in an attempt to recreate some of that old-timey magic, no team has been able to reproduce the look and feel of the leather helmet.
When the Packers wore their 1929 throwbacks last season, they paired them with a plain brown helmet. When the Steelers wore wore their 1933 throwbacks last weekend, they just went with their normal, black helmet with a yellow stripe. Not exactly historically accurate.
The Redskins are taking things to the next level with the throwbacks they plan to wear this weekend, though. The team has paired with Nike and HGI to create a helmet that has the look and feel of a leather helmet, without sacrificing any of the safety features that are necessary in today’s NFL. The helmets have a brown, leathery finish that really looks like the helmets of old:
The full throwback will look like this: