The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were slated to wear their throwback ‘creamsicle’ uniforms next week, but they announced yesterday that they will not be wearing them because of a new rule.
NFL.com posted a piece yesterday explaining the rule:
“This offseason, we communicated a recommendation from the Head, Neck and Spine Committee and the Player Safety Advisory Panel to those teams planning to wear throwback uniforms for at least one game this season. They recommended that players no longer wear different helmets as part of a ‘throwback’ or ‘third’ uniform. … Teams may continue to wear throwback uniforms under league guidelines, but players must wear their regular helmets. The outside of the helmet can be modified by removing or replacing decals, as long as it does not affect the integrity of the helmet.”
Color me surprised that players only wear one helmet all season long no matter what uniform they are wearing. This is a league in which players wear a different pair of gloves and shoes every practice, let alone games.
I could see the safety precaution in not wanting a player to switch helmet types during the season, say going from the Revolution by Riddell to the Schutt DNA Pro. However, you would think that two helmets by the same manufacturer that are the same size and fitted by the same equipment personnel would be sufficient.
Tip of the hat to Uni-Watch.
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