The Steelers would be wise to announce a new alternate helmet for the team to wear this season.
NFL helmets are going to be a little different on gameday this year for about a third of the league. It is now permitted that teams can have an alternate helmet that can be designed differently than the common uniform one. It is something fun that the NFL used to permit about a decade ago before they stopped the idea for a bit. Even though the option is there, many teams seem like they might not take advantage of the opportunity in front of them.
The Steelers have used this alternate helmet to their advantage before as they wore an all-yellow design with a throwback uniform. Those were some nice alternate uniforms and the yellow helmet just made it look even sharper. It is nearly the regular season and Pittsburgh is running out of time to announce a new helmet design that they will strap onto their players this season if they choose to do so.
The Steelers should follow the trend of other NFL teams right now
Branding is one of the best attributes that the NFL and each one of its 32 teams possesses. Selling tickets and different merchandise is the main money maker for this league and they know it. Coming out with different iterations of their jerseys and uniforms is something they are always looking into. Getting more money from fans that love different designs and concepts is one of the main objectives of owners.
The Steelers are behind the eight ball on this concept for the time being without having an alternate helmet announced yet. There are 13 franchises in the NFL that have already announced an alternate helmet that they will play with this season.
Some of the big franchises include the Cowboys, Patriots, Bengals, Panthers, Giants, and eight others. It should be fun to see these clubs have different threads on as they take the field, and that is something Pittsburgh should consider.
All white helmets could be an option with an all white uniform
One idea that could interest the black and gold if they went with the “throwback” route would be not including one of their iconic colors at all. Going with an all-black and white uniform might be an interesting choice as the team used to sport these at different times in the 1960s and 1970s. It was an interesting design that saw the club still wear its black caps.
Perhaps something totally different would be the franchise keeping the helmet completely white as well and only having a semblance of color from the logo itself. That would be something totally unique and stray away from the traditional black helmet that has never really gone away. It would be a clean look that no fan of the Steelers had ever seen before.
Going back to the yellow helmets of the late 2000s would be great
This would probably be one of the most popular alternate helmet ideas for the black and gold. These throwbacks were very nice alternate jerseys that saw the club have some great success in them during the impressive late 2000s and early 2010s runs. Those were some well-designed uniforms that would be fun to see come back, which would make it easier than designing something from scratch.
Some other clubs around the NFL have brought back some of their fan-favorite uniforms with this new rule allowing alternate helmets. Teams like the Patriots, Giants, and Falcons have gone retro and returned some old-timey favorites to their uniform options. The Steelers would be wise to follow their lead and bring back these uniforms going forward.
There could be other custom designs that would be great choices as well
Many fan designs have floated around the internet with some very intriguing alternate helmet concepts. Many would like something fresh and flashy, but that is not normally what Pittsburgh likes to do. There is a rich history with this club, and they want to keep that tradition alive.
If the club would like to do something completely new and off the wall, perhaps a gradient design would be the option to go with. Half yellow and half black helmet that fades into each other would be an interesting concept that many have not tried pulling off before. This would be something unusual for the Steelers to try, but it is a new era for the franchise.
The Steelers should look into the possibility of sporting an alternate helmet this season. It could create for some fun uniform designs for the team in 2022 and beyond.