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Vikings, Packers will wear throwbacks with their standard helmets

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Throwback uniforms have become one of the more fun realities of the so-called No Fun League.  The practice, which either originated or intensified with the NFL’s 75th season in 1994, also has resulted in more revenues.

The extra uniform expands the universe of jersey sales.  For some teams, it also has resulted in the use of a helmet not with different decals but with a different base color.

In recent years, teams like the Jets (blue), Patriots (white), Steelers (yellow, which has been scrapped), Cowboys (white), Redskins (brown), Eagles (lighter green and an homage to the Brazilian soccer team), Packers (brown), Falcons (red), and Bucs (white) have rolled out different helmets with their alternative uniforms.  This year, the practice abruptly came to a halt with the announcement on Tuesday that Tampa Bay has scuttled the Bucco Bruce throwbacks for the September 29 home game against the Cardinals.

Other teams (like the Patriots and Falcons) haven’t advised us of their plans.  The Cowboys have said they haven’t decided what they’ll do about their Thanksgiving tradition of swapping the silver helmet with the blue star of a white helmet with a blue star.

Two teams have informed PFT that the throwbacks will be used with their current helmets.  The Vikings will apply their now-defunct two-dimensional horn decals and gray face masks to the new purple helmets with a matte finish.  The Packers will remove the stripes and decals from their yellow helmets.

That’s good news for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has said he prefers the tan pants, for performance reasons.

It’s bad news for fans who look forward to those one or two games per year when the NFL takes a page from pretty much every college program and trots out an entirely different uniform.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m. ET:  On Tuesday, a Vikings spokesman explained to me the plan for throwbacks in light of the new rule, without expressly stating whether throwbacks were planned for 2013.  On Wednesday, a different Vikings spokesman said the team plans no throwbacks for 2013.

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79 Responses to “Vikings, Packers will wear throwbacks with their standard helmets”
  1. dkobert says: Sep 18, 2013 1:21 PM

    Lawyers win again.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 18, 2013 1:21 PM

    Packers brought back Vince Lombardi for the occasion. But he got disgusted with what he was seeing and left again before half time.

  3. jayrast says: Sep 18, 2013 1:21 PM

    Vikings wear purple lol

  4. Mike Florio says: Sep 18, 2013 1:23 PM

    @jayrast . . . They have different helmets now — matte finish. Not a true throwback.

  5. SilentMajority says: Sep 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    Can someone please explain to me how the NFL can be the “No Fun League” and still be the most popular, most watched sport in the country?

  6. rtp295 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    Will Jennings write “Packers suck” on his lol #butthurt

  7. 12seahawks says: Sep 18, 2013 1:26 PM

    I would like to see Nike and the NFL do “updated throwbacks”. Put a modern spin on the old looks.

    In any event, I’m glad the Bucs won’t be doing the throwback jerseys. I love the Bucco Bruce helmet, but the jerseys are atrocious.

  8. azarkhan says: Sep 18, 2013 1:26 PM

    Most throwbacks aren’t that great, but I do like the Broncos, Patriots, Bills, Oilers and, best of all, the Chargers powder blue uni.

  9. flaccodelic says: Sep 18, 2013 1:27 PM

    Throwbacks = potential additional merchandising revenue

    Throwbacks + current helmet = Not fooling anyone, Just stupid

  10. John A. says: Sep 18, 2013 1:29 PM

    Don’t teams wear one helmet for practice and a different one for games anyway?

    If so, then what’s the big deal about using a different helmet for a game anyway?

    The biggest factor is that whatever helmet each player wears actually fits properly.

    But whatever the case, if the NFL is so concerned about helmet issues, then why do they allow any player to play with his chin strap not completely secured? Lots of them play with one snap undone.

  11. thebuzzonny says: Sep 18, 2013 1:29 PM

    Did someone tell the NFL that just because they are wearing “Throwback” Uniforms, that the Helmets are actually up to date with todays safety standards and that are not the actual helmets from pre-1980?

  12. ingraven says: Sep 18, 2013 1:29 PM

    Vikings, Packers will wear throwbacks with their standard helmets = Vikings, Packers will be dressed horribly for their upcoming game.

  13. mrgroovesd says: Sep 18, 2013 1:33 PM

    So the NFL makes money on selling the throwbacks but they don’t let the teams wear the FULL uniform to commemorate the wearing of the throwbacks? Does that make sense to anyone but them?

  14. jwcarlson says: Sep 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    I don’t understand this rational.

  15. thetooloftools says: Sep 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    When is someone REALLY going to do it right and wear a helmet with no color or logo, but rather a brown textured leather looking helmet with faux stitches on it and a brown face mask too.
    Now that look would rock.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 18, 2013 1:35 PM

    Doesn’t matter what we wear, still going to steamroll through the NFC North.

  17. sdakota says: Sep 18, 2013 1:35 PM

    most nfl fans could really give a crap about throwback inis

  18. dublindemonszfl says: Sep 18, 2013 1:35 PM

    Like anyone could tell the packers helmets aren’t throwbacks.

  19. zoellner25 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:37 PM

    I think GB plays the Browns for our throwback game, so good luck with that one, Cleveland.

  20. kingpel says: Sep 18, 2013 1:40 PM

    It amazes me how cheap this league is sometimes.

  21. adoombray says: Sep 18, 2013 1:41 PM

    Dude, the “throwback” for the packers woulda been a leather cap like a world war 2 fighter pilot might wear. there was nothing throwback about it. This is lame, I really liked those helmets.

  22. kane337 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:41 PM

    What is the exact reasoning for no throwback helmets?

  23. osidebrownsfan says: Sep 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    John A. says:Sep 18, 2013 1:29 PM

    Don’t teams wear one helmet for practice and a different one for games anyway?

    If so, then what’s the big deal about using a different helmet for a game anyway?

    The biggest factor is that whatever helmet each player wears actually fits properly.

    But whatever the case, if the NFL is so concerned about helmet issues, then why do they allow any player to play with his chin strap not completely secured? Lots of them play with one snap undone.

    —————————————————

    An awful lot of players now wear a helmet that is too big for them. When we all started playing football you had to pull the earholes out and force your helmet onto your head and the forehead pad would leave a red mark (Peyton Manning still has this if you notice). Nowadays, players just put it on without any force and with the chin strap hanging this is why there are a lot of helmets being popped off during any game. The NFL should adopt the college rule that if your helmet pops off, on its own, you need to sit out for a play. Maybe these guys will then wear a helmet that actually fits them and is potentially safer.

  24. mitchem85 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:44 PM

    Thetoolloftool, the redskins already have a helmet that has a leather looking finish.. They wore it last year… Been done

  25. raiderufan says: Sep 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    I don’t understand this.

    The size and fit of a helmet isn’t somthing that can never be replicated again. They have to be replaced all the time.

    They can’t use the same exact helmet specifics if the helmet is painted a different color?

    I feel like I have to be missing something.

  26. wearethesteelers says: Sep 18, 2013 1:46 PM

    We have six rings.

  27. purpleguy says: Sep 18, 2013 1:48 PM

    If they do the throw-back historic thing, I hope it’s at Lambeau rather than our Teflon-coated plastic creation.

  28. e5tolife says: Sep 18, 2013 1:50 PM

    Can’t they just paint them whatever color for the throwbacks and paint them again after?

  29. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    The league makes little money from selling helmets. If there was $ to be made then they would figure something out.

    But there isn’t.

  30. donsjohnson says: Sep 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Sorry Vikes fans, but this quote from the May thread on this topic was just too good not to post again, not against you, but against your trolls:

    “The throwbacks are a tribute to the Packers first world championship back in 1929. Now the Vikings are quite willing to don a throwback uniform to commemorate their first championship as soon as they get around to winning one.”

  31. jonnyfootball82 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Who cares what uniform the Vikes wear. All that matters is what uniform the Lynx will wear when they win another WNBA championship!

  32. r8dernation says: Sep 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    It’s not like they are wearing leather helmets. And people buying those throwbacks need their heads examined.

  33. ccjcsr says: Sep 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    Two wannabe franchises!

    #CowboyNation

  34. tbayrays says: Sep 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    is all about helmets fitting properly? the trainers and equipment managers in a multi billion dollar industry are skilled enough to find TWO helmets that fit properly.

    this is a joke.

    let’s address another issue that will NEVER be addressed by the league on the same subject. look at players like adrian clayborn, with massive dreads. there’s no way in hell that his helmet provides the same protection/fit as someone with short hair.

  35. bringbackwayne says: Sep 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    Packers wear yellow. LOL

  36. f1restarter says: Sep 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:46 PM

    We have six rings.

    ———————

    Still mad about not getting that seventh one, eh?

  37. patriots123456 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:11 PM

    Check the injury report…

    See if throwback helmets were downgraded from doubtful to OUT!

  38. purple28mvp says: Sep 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    ccjcsr says: Sep 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    Two wannabe franchises!

    #CowboyNation

    Said The guy who’s teams player in the playoffs said the vikings ran the score up on us. (Brookings)
    #Viking Nation

  39. decimus83 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:23 PM

    Both teams are going to look weird with modern-uniform helmet and old school unis. Its either all or nothing, people!

  40. peoriaviking says: Sep 18, 2013 2:24 PM

    I’m not a Chargers fan, but have to admit, best all time uniforms ever were powder blues.

  41. asimonetti88 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:26 PM

    I don’t understand the rule.. They still haven’t explained it satisfactorily.

  42. hartlylion13 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    It’s actually due to the recent $765 million settlement. Each player was fitted with their helmet, they must play with that helmet. If a team like the Bears were to play with throwbacks, they only need to take the C decal off the existing fitted helmet. However, the Bucs, helmets are pewter, old school are white, completely different helmet. Of course you would have to go to a source that actually reports news to get this type of detail in an explanation.

  43. kacimlangford says: Sep 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    “The throwbacks are a tribute to the Packers first world championship back in 1929. Now the Vikings are quite willing to don a throwback uniform to commemorate their first championship as soon as they get around to winning one.”
    ______________________________________

    The 1929 NFL Championship for Green Bay.

    Maybe they are going back to the 1969 NFL Championship for the Vikings.

    If GB can count their NFL Championships, MN can too.

  44. bostonfrank says: Sep 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    Another idiotic decision by those running the NFL…..

  45. stephendixon864 says: Sep 18, 2013 2:43 PM

    Paint the helmets?

  46. allday420ap says: Sep 18, 2013 2:45 PM

    those vikings helmets will look so sick

  47. stillthebest says: Sep 18, 2013 2:57 PM

    “The throwbacks are a tribute to the Packers first world championship back in 1929. Now the Vikings are quite willing to don a throwback uniform to commemorate their first championship as soon as they get around to winning one.”
    ______________________________________

    The 1929 NFL Championship for Green Bay.

    Maybe they are going back to the 1969 NFL Championship for the Vikings.

    If GB can count their NFL Championships, MN can too.

    ______________________________________

    There wasn’t a Super Bowl in 1929. There was a Super Bowl in 1969/70. Vikes lost 23-7.

    Keep trying.

  48. qoojo says: Sep 18, 2013 2:58 PM

    thetooloftools says: Sep 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    When is someone REALLY going to do it right and wear a helmet with no color or logo, but rather a brown textured leather looking helmet with faux stitches on it and a brown face mask too.
    Now that look would rock.

    =====================

    If you look at the picture on the post of the packer throw back uniform, the brown helmet is suppose to represent a leather helmet. Granted there are not stitches or texturing.

  49. bordner says: Sep 18, 2013 3:02 PM

    kacimlangford says:
    Sep 18, 2013 2:40 PM
    ___________________________________

    The 1929 NFL Championship for Green Bay.

    Maybe they are going back to the 1969 NFL Championship for the Vikings.

    If GB can count their NFL Championships, MN can too.
    ————————————————
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you want to count that as a “championship”, even though the vikings went on to lose the Super Bowl that year (which was the true championship game to everyone that follows professional football that isn’t a viking fan), does that mean that we can count the 2 NFL championships that the Packers won the years that they won the first two Super Bowls? Thereby bringing Green Bay’s record total number of championships to 15?

  50. Grulks says: Sep 18, 2013 3:03 PM

    So why don’t they get a company to do Vinyl wraps on the helmets, just like people do with their cars??? Those arent airbrushed paint jobs, they’re literally vinyl wrappings with printed images.

    Its not like it would cost a lot of money, or even take a huge amount of time. It would facilitate switching throwback to regular quite quickly, with the exception of different facemask colors. Which of course the NFL would probably get ticked off about as well

  51. kazkal says: Sep 18, 2013 3:07 PM

    Very simple fix,They need to wear the same helmet right? Well start using full Helmet Decals to change it’s color.

  52. stillthebest says: Sep 18, 2013 3:08 PM

    NFL Championship before ’66/’67 season = Super Bowl today.

    NFL Championship ’68-’70 (years where the was a Super Bowl, but the conferences were still known as the NFL and AFL as opposed to NFC and AFC) is the NFC Championship today.

    You were NFC Champions in 1970, not Super Bowl or “current-day” NFL Champions.

    You have no true championships. Accept it and move on.

  53. John A. says: Sep 18, 2013 3:11 PM

    osidebrownsfan says:

    An awful lot of players now wear a helmet that is too big for them. When we all started playing football you had to pull the earholes out and force your helmet onto your head and the forehead pad would leave a red mark
    —————————-

    I cringe when I see how loose most players wear their helmets. You can see just how loose chin straps often are because you can see a ton of daylight between them and the player’s cheek. Sometimes it looks like you could put two fingers in that space.

    That shouldn’t fly, not in the NFL or any football league.

  54. floriosbigtoe says: Sep 18, 2013 3:15 PM

    Why do it then? More ridiculous than the original idea of using throwbacks to begin with.

  55. mountaindont says: Sep 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    KNOCK KNOCK……WHO`S THERE ?…..OWEN………OWEN WHO?…….THE VIKINGS ARE OWEN TWO !

  56. teamnorsecore says: Sep 18, 2013 3:24 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:35 PM
    Doesn’t matter what we wear, still going to steamroll through the NFC North.
    …………..
    The “Carl Gerbshmidts” are gonna steamroll the North? News to me.

  57. fritz1218 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:27 PM

    kacimlangford says: Sep 18, 2013 2:40 PM
    ______________________________________

    The 1929 NFL Championship for Green Bay.

    Maybe they are going back to the 1969 NFL Championship for the Vikings.

    If GB can count their NFL Championships, MN can too.
    ____________________________________ The difference between them is the Championships the Packers have were the last games of the year and the Vikings were followed with a loss. LOL

  58. mdpgc says: Sep 18, 2013 3:31 PM

    Why not just let them wear the Throwback helmet during practice in the weeks leading up to the games in which they need to wear the helmet….that way the cushions in the helmet have time to conform to the heads of the players.

  59. deltaoracle says: Sep 18, 2013 3:35 PM

    I like the Packers’ “throwback” pants and helmets much more than the jerseys. And I agree with Florio that it would be a lot more interesting to see them try out completely new uniforms once or twice a year. Oregon does it too much, but I’d love to see a 21st century Packer uniform occasionally.
    Wearethesteelers – good luck getting six WINS this season.
    Kacimlangford – the comment was “World Championship.” Vikings have never won one. And seriously, do you guys have any idea how pathetic you sound when you try to count 1969 as a “real” championship? The answer is: “VERY.”

  60. wbkev24 says: Sep 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    Hopefully Pit will roll out the Jailbreak Throwback jerseys again….we gotta have something to look foward to…smh

  61. 2ruefan says: Sep 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    stillthebest:

    Typical Packers Fan. Can’t count.
    Keeps counting all the NON SB “championships” when counting “Titletown” titles, then refuses to count the ones other teams win by saying “It wasn’t a superbowl.

    Go back to first grade math….

  62. teamnorsecore says: Sep 18, 2013 3:55 PM

    NFC North teams have been around long enough to have and wear throwback jerseys. Lots of history in the NFCN……proud to be a fan of a team in the best division in the NFL……The Black and Blue Division.

  63. deweyaxewound says: Sep 18, 2013 4:00 PM

    “That’s good news for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has said he prefers the tan pants…”

    If he had it his way, the uniforms would also have matching feather boas and eye shade, too.

    As we all know, Karen Rodgers is very *sensitive* to those types of thing.

  64. stillthebest says: Sep 18, 2013 4:01 PM

    I never said they didn’t count. But NFL Championships when Super Bowls started are the equivalent of NFC Championships today. I can count just fine. If the Packers had lost both Super Bowls 1 and 2, I wouldn’t count those as “Championships”.

    Get over yourselves.

  65. deweyaxewound says: Sep 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    mountaindont says:
    Sep 18, 2013 3:23 PM
    KNOCK KNOCK……WHO`S THERE ?…..OWEN………OWEN WHO?…….THE VIKINGS ARE OWEN TWO !
    ______________________________

    The best part is – with the Vikings, this joke’s probably going to be good to use again (and again, and again…) over the next 14/15 weeks.

  66. stillthebest says: Sep 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    Fine, Vikings. Enjoy your NFL Championship in which you went to the Super Bowl and got pounded 23-7 by the Chiefs.

    Fun Fact: Packers beat those Chiefs in Super Bowl 1, 35-10.

  67. stellarperformance says: Sep 18, 2013 4:12 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings HAVE ONE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER THEIR BELT! Get used to it for crying out loud. Either give them the credit or stop with the 13 Championship boasting.

    It’s either the Packers have four SB trophies and they have none, or the Packers have thirteen championships and they have one.

    Grow up for chrissakes….

    signed,

    Packer fan (with proof of attending the Ice Bowl.)

  68. howiehandles says: Sep 18, 2013 4:17 PM

    “Most throwbacks aren’t that great, but I do like the Broncos, Patriots, Bills, Oilers and, best of all, the Chargers powder blue uni.”

    I’d agree, but part of the charm of the throwbacks is seeing teams with who’ve been in the league seemingly forever, wear some awful unis.

    Also, I would add the Cowboys unis, the one’s with the white helmet, as one of the one’s I also like.

    The Bear’s ones are the worst. I’m a fan, but they’re just terrible. lol

  69. tvguy22 says: Sep 18, 2013 4:23 PM

    Mr. Florio, you do know the real origin of those awful light blue/yellow Eagles uniforms, right?

    A tribute to Philadelphia’s Swedish settlers.

  70. tomcous says: Sep 18, 2013 4:27 PM

    Is the NFL claiming that throwbacks add to concussion risk? The rational here doesn’t seem to exist!

    Throwbacks need to be throwbacks with the old helmets … old logos … old colors …

    Why would we want to see throwback jerseys with current helmets?

  71. joelvis72 says: Sep 18, 2013 4:32 PM

    I despise the Cowboys, but they ought to pay whatever the fine will be and wear what they want to on Thanksgiving.

  72. justintuckrule says: Sep 18, 2013 4:39 PM

    Rodgers prefers tan pants when they play NYG because they camouflage his poop better.

  73. granadafan says: Sep 18, 2013 5:08 PM

    Just make them play in leather helmets or without facemasks. Maybe they’ll learn to tackle properly.

  74. justintuckrule says: Sep 18, 2013 5:23 PM

    What is a throwback? Since our throwbacks are our current uniforms, would the rule apply to us if we wanted to go with the 80′s version of the Giants’ unis with “Giants” spelled on the helmet?? Those aren’t “throwbacks”.

  75. cornerblitz says: Sep 19, 2013 6:21 PM

    *thief

  76. 6kingswest says: Sep 19, 2013 8:19 PM

    Packers Uniforms = Edmonton Eskimo ‘knockoffs’

  77. vikescry1 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:25 PM

    ccjcsr says: Sep 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    Two wannabe franchises!

    #CowboyNation
    ———————————————————————————————————————————————– says a fan from a team that hasn’t been relavent for 20 years?? holong has tony romo been your qb? (with no playoff wins??) yeah keep talking…

  78. vikescry1 says: Sep 19, 2013 10:34 PM

    ummm once the superbowl era began if you lost the superbowl then your not the champion. packers wouldn’t have 13 if they were in the super bowl era. wining the nfc championship doesn’t do any good if you lose the superbowl.

  79. cornerblitz says: Sep 20, 2013 12:37 AM

    The Raven’s throwbacks are the Browns.

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