Antonio Brown has found “a few” Schutt AiR Advantage helmets made in 2010, still looking for 2011 model

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The Schutt AiR Advantage helmet has gotten plenty of free publicity this week. Too bad they quit making it eight years ago.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus tells PFT that Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has located “a few” Schutt AiR Advantage helmets made in 2010. Those helmets will be reconditioned and submitted for approval by the NOCSAE. Because the NOCSAE will not certify helmets that are more than 10 years old, Brown will get at least one year of use — and possibly two — out of helmets made in 2010.

Rosenhaus said that Brown is still searching for helmets made in 2011, the year the Schutt AiR Advantage was discontinued.

As explained earlier today, the AiR Advantage was discontinued in 2009, but it’s possible that “maybe a couple thousand” additional helmets were made after 2009 for certain specific college and professional teams. As of 2011, Schutt stopped making the helmet.

The NFL has not affirmatively banned the Schutt AiR Advantage, possibly due to the fact that it was discontinued. That loophole has provided an unlikely ending to an unlikely story, giving Brown a chance to wear his helmet of choice for at least one season with the Raiders, and possibly up to two more.

40 responses to “Antonio Brown has found “a few” Schutt AiR Advantage helmets made in 2010, still looking for 2011 model

  1. Never understood why he made this so adversarial. Instead of threatening to quit why not just say hey I really like my helmet and if anyone can help me find one I would appreciate it very much. Easy right?

  2. seahawks55 says:
    August 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    I mean, it wouldn’t be cheap, but can’t he just pay to get a few custom made for him?

    +++++++++++++++++++

    No.

  3. *tb12bestqbevah says: August 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm Can’t wait til he finally finds one and it gets stolen during the season.”

    That’s really funny. This could evolve into someone stealing his helmet every week. I bet that would really provoke him. Well, like we need it.

  4. birdwatcher100 says:
    August 13, 2019 at 6:40 pm
    How ironic that he thinks it’s what’s outside of his head that is the problem
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    DING DING DING DING……congrats, you win post of the week!!!!

  5. I have visions of him driving from one garage sale to the next looking for the Holy Grail. His trunk overflowing with old Halloween costume helmets and mismatched Pop Warner gear.

  6. What’s the long game here Antonio? Let’s say he finds a 2011 helmet. In 2022 he will have the same problem he has now. No approved NFL helmet manufactured in the last 10 years. So I’m guessing he’s not planning to play past 2022. Or just maybe just a smidge of a chance learn to play football with a different helmet. You know that sport you get 70 million dollars to play. That sport you’ve been playing for 15+ years. C’mon man!

  7. *mogogo1 says: August 13, 2019 at 6:51 pm I have visions of him driving from one garage sale to the next looking for the Holy Grail. His trunk overflowing with old Halloween costume helmets and mismatched Pop Warner gear.*

    Bahahaha! Man, that is a good one. We’re hot today.

  8. redlikethepig says:
    August 13, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    The best way to help someone with mental issues is to go along with their crazy ideas.

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    Umm, no it’s not. Enabling bad behavior is the problem.

    Johnny Boy Gruden is in for a rude awakening.

  9. For a while it was all about his feet.

    Then it was all about his helmet.

    Can we please get back to may fave, that whole “Mr Big Chest” thing?

  10. Man! Wish I had a 2011 Schutt AiR Advantage size Diva XXXL I could sell him! Seller’s Market, baby!

  11. He should make sure he sterilizes and cleans those helmets before wearing them. Getting infected by, say, heal lice is not fun.

  12. $30 mill in black ink. If it is that important, write the check have a helmet made, sign an endorsement deal, get a refund.

  13. Training camps in full swing, pre-season games under way, and still 35 different articles yammering about a whiny diva’s obsolete helmet.
    A whiny diva who has yet to get on the field.

    Is it really that strenuous to write original stories about the other 2800-plus players on the 31 other teams?

    What’s next, refusing to use the word “helmet” until Brown wins his silly temper tantrum?

  14. He is delaying the inevitable. Since they stopped making it 7 years ago, the newest one he can find will only last 2 more years.

  15. mrbigass says:
    August 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm
    Never understood why he made this so adversarial. Instead of threatening to quit why not just say hey I really like my helmet and if anyone can help me find one I would appreciate it very much. Easy right?
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    That’s what a normal, rationale person would do, but AB is a drama queen, so…

  16. Brown may be a clown, but I just wanna see him in some games with the Raiders. No one here can deny that what he’s done ON the field over the last handful of years is incredible.

  17. “What’s the long game here Antonio?”
    ________________

    The long game is equal parts getting attention and feeding his persecution complex.

  18. this is going to be unpopular as it goes against the bashing trend. i have had the same microsoft natural keyboard for my entire 23 year programming career. it doesnt have any fancy buttons that navigate websites or bring up music players and calculators. it is ps/2 and it has to connect via a USB adapter. do i catch flak for it? sure i do. do i care? heck no. i take very good care of it and it serves its purpose well. it feels good and i have written hundreds of thousands of lines of code without issue. it has helped me be at the top of my game for a very long time. why on earth would i change?

    nobody has said that ABs helmet is unsafe. they could easily take his current helmet and verify that it is just as safe as it was when it was originally manufactured via inspection. it is simply not going to be re-certified due to its manufacture age. that very model, if it was still being built today, would be certified without issue.

    from a user standpoint, it is silly to think that something that has worked so well for so long is obsolete simply because of its age, taking no other factors into consideration. while i do not agree with how this is playing out in the media, i am surprised every single comment is bashing and there is not one person willing to stand up and see ABs side just a bit. if someone tried to make me replace my keyboard simply because it was old, i would fight it too.

  19. Decent keyboards can take a beating. Hard hats and football helmets can take only so many hits,
    until they no longer provide adequate protection.

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