In 2022, NFL teams will have the option to include an additional alternate helmet in their uniform schedules. The Falcons and Saints have announced flashy new lids, and more are sure to come.
The previous one-helmet rule was in place for safety reasons, supposedly to ensure players are fitted once rather than switching out for different headgear (though college teams have managed for years). Chicago’s throwback uniform, complete with a striped helmet, satisfied the rule because only the logo changed.
The traditional uniform is iconic, and should remain the default, but here’s a look at some changes and additions the Bears should consider.
Few uniform concepts are cooler than “stormtrooper” and there isn’t a team more deserving of the iced-out look. Imagine the Bears rolling into Lambeau Field in December looking like a blizzard. With secondary helmets now available, white on white on white is an easy choice.
Chicago first wore orange jerseys in 1933-34 when the team won 17 straight regular-season games. The team has donned the orange on white several times in the last 20 years, turning the tribute into a tradition. As an improvement on the remarkably boring color rush jerseys of 2016, this concept also lends a nod to the ‘33-‘34 team with midnight blue numbers. If nothing else, it should help Velus Jones Jr. feel right at home.
City-edition uniforms are awesome. MLB and NBA teams have produced some of the slickest tributes to their communities, and it’s time for the No Fun League to follow suit. As the lone team in a major city, it only makes sense for Chicago to lead the way. Unlike many teams in the league, the Bears play in their namesake city, so the connection to the city’s character is genuine. These threads from artist @Cgersk fit the bill perfectly.
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