There are some logos in the NFL that are absolutely timeless. They are effortlessly pure and perfectly executed. It’s tough to pull off this kind of look, but you know it when you see it. And then there are organizations that seriously need to upgrade their style — specifically, their helmets.
Fortunately for these teams, the talented Dylan Young managed to create some pretty fresh redesigns. Suffice it to say that these aren’t real NFL helmets, but there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be. Here’s a look at 10 helmets that could do wonders for a team’s image.
1. New Orleans Saints
Don’t get us wrong: There is something beautiful about the simplicity in the original fleur-de-lis logo that currently sits atop the New Orleans Saints’ helmets. But New Orleans is a city that deserves a little flash; it needs a bit of pop. This new helmet does all that. The shiny black helmet really stands out, and the gold face mask is super fresh. Plus, that big logo truly fits with the jazzy personality associated with the city of New Orleans. We could absolutely see Drew Brees strapping this bad boy on.
2. Atlanta Falcons
This white Atlanta Falcons helmet is super sleek. Immediately, everything looks sharper and more polished. Sure, the Falcons logo is bigger on this new design, but it stands out against the new backdrop. Our favorite part about this new look would have to be how well the grey outline surrounding the fierce bird stands out. It’s all about the details, and this one makes a big difference to the overall aesthetic of the helmet.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
The helmet history of the Philadelphia Eagles has always focused on the the green color changes and evolving wings. The massive eagle logo sitting on top of the matte white finish is super smooth. The green face mask is a perfect complement to the rest of the helmet. Fly, Eagles fly!
4. Buffalo Bills
When the Bills hired Rex Ryan to be their head coach back in 2015 they were clearly looking to establish a new identity up in Buffalo. The way we see it, a good way to keep that momentum going would be to make these helmets part of their everyday uniforms. Normally we’re opposed to the usage of bright red because it comes across as too much, but this new look is just uber bold. It’s a statement piece. It goes perfectly with the new textured blue bison. That beast is really charging now.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a blue-collar organization that pride themselves on hard work and physical toughness. After all, their logo is an ode to the steel industry. This new look only enhances that connection. No longer are the three hypocycloids encompassed within a circle. They are large and they are beautifully marked, with a texture that appears to take on the look of metal flooring. This appearance extends all the way to the yellow face mask. This helmet is a true embodiment of steely toughness.
6. Minnesota Vikings
Making yellow the primary color of Minnesota’s helmet might throw some for a loop, but the more we look at this concept, the more we like it. It’s different, but it’s also bold. The matte finish is gorgeous, and the white and purple horn really pops off this lid. The use of a purple facemask is an excellent final touch. In these helmets, the Vikings would only be stepping up their (style) game.
7. Indianapolis Colts
There’s nothing wrong with the current Indianapolis Colts helmet. In fact, if you’re of the “less is more” frame of mind, then Indy’s white helmet with a blue horseshoe and center stripe is pretty much perfect. Still, there’s nothing wrong with taking an adventurous turn every once in a way. This is one of those times. We dig the blue helmet and absolutely love the chrome horseshoe. This might not be an everyday lid, but for special occasions, it wouldn’t hurt the Colts to take a walk on the wild side.
8. Houston Texans
We don’t usually promote helmets with massive logos. However, in this particular case, we feel comfortable making an exception. The Texans have had the same midnight blue helmets since the organization joined the league back in 2002. With this change, the red, grey, and blue, steer logo is not just an afterthought; it officially jumps off the white lid and screams “everything is bigger in Texas.” What more could you want?
9. New York Jets
If the New York Jets aren’t going to be competitive on the field, then they might as well at least look the part. This helmet pays tribute to the franchise’s past while also remaining hip and current. The use of the “cloud texture” is perfect, giving the impression that the team is finally read to take off and fly. If we were Jets fans, not only is this the feeling we want, it’s the feeling we’d need.
10. Miami Dolphins
As with the Jets, this Miami Dolphins helmet thrives because of the texture. Young makes “water” a prominent part of the design, thus adding an extra dimension to the lid. With the look, Miami is all about sun, fun, dolphins, and the coolness of H2O. It doesn’t get more “fresh” than that.
For the rest of Dylan Young’s “Fresh Football Helmets,” you can check out the Instagram account here.