Derrick Henry: Single digits are cool, but bring back throwback helmets

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Titans running back Derrick Henry wore the No. 2 jersey at Alabama and during the preseason of his rookie year, so he might be a player who would appreciate the new NFL rule proposal that would let running backs wear single-digit numbers. But Henry has a higher priority.

Henry called for a return to throwbacks, including throwback helmets, which the NFL has banned.

“Single digits cool & all, but can we bring the throwback jerseys & helmets back? Somebody put in a request for that,” Henry wrote on Twitter.

In 2013, the NFL eliminated the throwback helmets that many teams had worn by ruling that players must wear their regular helmets throughout the season, and that the outside of the helmet could only be modified by removing or replacing decals. Throwback jerseys remain, but many throwback uniforms don’t look as good without the helmets to match.

Last year, the NFL told PFT that the one-helmet rule was under review, and could change in 2021. There has been no announcement about that this year, but Henry would support it.

40 responses to “Derrick Henry: Single digits are cool, but bring back throwback helmets

  1. I hope they allow throwback/alternate helmets, but only allow ONE alternate.

    Some college teams seem like they have 4 or 5 of them. That gets ridiculous as their uniforms begin to lose their identity with the team if they have so many alternates.

  2. The NFL could listen to the players. Viewing them as partners not employees would be a major step.

  3. Derrick, if you’re talking leather helmets you may have to go into concussion protocol.

  4. If the NFL could sell helmets, and they sold the way jerseys do, then they’d have no problem with multiple helmets. Since helmet sales to the general public are impractical, the NFL plays the safety card.

  5. That’s because jerseys you can sell to the public, helmets not so much. One makes the NFL a lot of money, the other just costs them money.

    We know what way the NFL will lean with this decision

  6. i think most throwbacks are ugly regressive trash but teams should be allowed to wear alternate helmets, new or old!

  7. No Fun League: More than one helmet is too much trouble.
    Oregon Ducks: Let’s use four.

  8. Spoken like a true Titan! I agree with him!

    No matter what team you root for, if you don’t love watching Henry run the ball, you don’t love football!

  9. Hey, we are talking about not changing helmets but a simple a paint job! I loved the old 49er helmets, red with a white vertical white stripe. Y.A. Tittle, Joe “the Jet” Perry, Hugh “the King” McElhenny, and John Henry Johnson!

    Combine that with those red jerseys a white lettering against a black outline and those white pants – Wow! It is 1956 all over again!

  10. There are college softball teams who have a different uniform for every day of the week, and they net $0. The NFL can’t afford one throwback helmet???

  11. The helmets are designed specifically to prevent concussion. NFL $ettled with the NFLPA and the wiggle room for another $ettlment is preventing this.

  12. If Rodger Goddell discovers he make just one more dollar he’ll do it. All he cares about, and I mean the ONLY thing he cares about is making more $.

  13. loved the Oilers uniforms. Columbia Blue and Red is a great color combo

  14. They should bring back the real throwback helmets, the leather ones. CTE isn’t caused by a few big hits, it’s caused by repeated low-level head trauma (like linemen butting helmets every play).

  15. As a life long Pat’s fan I’ll take Pat Patriot/red jersey/white pants all day long over the Flying Elvis abomination.

  16. Yup, definitely!

    We need to see the glorious return of Florida Orange and Bucco Bruce!

  17. laxcoach37 says:
    April 10, 2021 at 9:25 am
    YES! said every Dolphins’ fan over the age of 8 !!!
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    The old Dolphins uniforms are so much better than the redesign. Forget throwbacks, they should go back to those full time and do away with the new ones.

  18. with a closet full of classic throwbacks, it’d be a shame not to. some of these uniforms haven’t been seen in decades. it’d be surreal & a nice homage to see them every once in a while.

  19. As a life long Pat’s fan I’ll take Pat Patriot/red jersey/white pants all day long over the Flying Elvis abomination.

    Many Pats’ fans would agree if the Flying Elvis logo wasn’t so closely associated with winning and the Pat Patriot so closely associated with losing.

  20. We don’t need no stinkin’ shock sensor to protect us from CTE! Just look how successful professional wrestling is. The NFL needs to be more like that — 4 quarters of halftime!

    Even more “cool” would be to allow players to customize with sequins, other bling, and battery powered flashing holiday lights, and a reindeer nose on their facemask.

    Come on folks. The best throwback helmet ever is the Browns! And don’t forget throwback names. KC must be called the Texans for a week, and DC must be called the Redskins and wear the arrowhead helmet.

  21. As soon as they figure out a way to convince people to buy helmets like they buy jerseys, they will allow the change.
    Alternate jerseys only exist to sell more merchandise.

  22. Great idea for all involved but the NO FUN LEAGUE already said no way , because safety of course.

  23. 33yy says:
    April 10, 2021 at 6:03 am
    I hope they allow throwback/alternate helmets, but only allow ONE alternate.

    Some college teams seem like they have 4 or 5 of them. That gets ridiculous as their uniforms begin to lose their identity with the team if they have so many alternates.

    ————————————–

    Yep, it is a bit much, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, Maryland, Oklahoma State, just to name a few, are the equivalent of a middle child who needs to constantly be the center of attention from their family and peers.

    Whereas, Alabama, Texas, Clemson have stayed true and don’t need gimmicks.

    All that aside, I wouldn’t mind seeing the throwbacks from time to time. It would be cool.

  24. Tha Nino Man says:
    The NFL could listen to the players. Viewing them as partners not employees would be a major step.
    ==

    NFL players are different than most workers in the sense they’re not just employees but the very product being sold. For that they deserve a much larger portion of the pie than the average employee, which they as a collective receive in the form of a large fixed percentage of league-wide revenues.
    That said, the day NFL players begin investing and sharing in the financial costs and burdens of operating the NFL is the day they can begin calling themselves “partners” with the owners. That would include paying up front for a portion of salaries, equipment, insurance, travel, stadium expenses, all team and NFL front office expenses, lawyers, coaches, scouts, trainers, broadcast negotiations . . . the list goes on and on and on.
    Business “partners” share expenses and risks as well as the rewards. Until players invest in and shoulder a stake with the owners, they are NOT partners but merely highly-paid employees.

  25. Makes sense– he’s a throwback player. And one of my favorites in the league right now. If dude wants to truck fools in the uni Earl Campbell wore, it works for me. They can bring back padded practices while they’re at it.

  26. We HAD throwback helmets just a few years ago. And the nfl changed it for some dumb reason. Can you imagine the old Oilers unis but with the Titans helmet? Would look dumb. But during the 50th season back in 08 or 09 watching CJ2K run in those Oilers throwbacks with the proper helmets was sweeet. Would love to watch DH2K do the same.

  27. The ratings boost for proper throwbacks – with helmets and unis completely reflecting old styles – would be huge. The sales of related throwback merchandise would probably more than cover the expense of the new helmets. The goodwill generated would be enormous.

    It’s just a no-brainer! Pat Patriot, the Creamsicle Bucs, Oilers, the old Seahawks and Giants and Eagles and Broncos, almost every team has an older style that longtime fans would love to see.

    For new fans it would be a novelty. For older fans, a celebration. It has to happen.

  28. This sounds great until I remembered that the Titans would get to wear the Oilers logo as their throw back (which, of course, would be an abomination). Stick to the single helmet rule. Or maybe everyone except the Titans can use helmets freely. That works.

  29. marzxyz says:
    April 10, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    As a life long Pat’s fan I’ll take Pat Patriot/red jersey/white pants all day long over the Flying Elvis abomination.

    Many Pats’ fans would agree if the Flying Elvis logo wasn’t so closely associated with winning and the Pat Patriot so closely associated with losing.

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    I mean, they did make it to a Super Bowl in those Pat Patriot uniforms. It wasn’t ALL bad.

  30. oh my god. Henry may have just become my favorite player. Not about him, money, pokitics, unions, players…throwbacks…its about remembering being younger and loving football…
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    least to me it is.
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    good call

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