Will the Patriots bring back their Pat Patriot throwback helmet for 2022?

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The recent announcement that the Buccaneers will bring back their creamsicle uniforms in 2023, now that the NFL has abandoned its one-helmet rule, has sparked plenty of speculation as to whether other popular looks from football seasons past will be returning in the future.

One of the most popular alternate looks comes from the Patriots, white helmets with the logo of Pat Patriot in full minuteman regalia preparing to snap a football. Will it be back in 2022?

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com notes that the Patriots have made no official announcements for the coming season as to the throwback while helmet, but that it remains a real possibility.

Teams that planned to embrace the ability to use a different helmet had to et the league know by the end of July 2021. The NFL previously declined to disclose the teams that had decided to take advantage of the ability to use a second helmet as soon as 2022, deferring to any teams that would be enhancing their look with a second helmet.

It feels inevitable. In December, the team’s Hall of Fame said that the red jerseys would return next season. The red jerseys would look strange without the white helmet. However, the official announcement as to the full-blown Pat Patriot look has yet to be made.

The Patriots last used the white helmet in 2012, the year before the league decided to limit players to one helmet per year, an outgrowth of the unprecedented sensitivity to head injuries.

29 responses to “Will the Patriots bring back their Pat Patriot throwback helmet for 2022?

  1. YES

    The excuse to block the throwback uni usage is garbage. If all the helmets are made to the same specs, what does it matter what color it is or what the logo is? Goodell just didn’t want anything positive being said about NE hence why the rule came to be about the logo needing to be one logo to be able to wear throwbacks. So dumb.

    Everyone loves the classic, original unis and logo.

  2. Pat the Patriot was my high school’s football logo in the ’70s and still is today. The school is in Nor Cal, 49er and Raider country. Our unis looked exactly like the Boston Patriots, with Pat on the helmet.

  3. Best logo of all-time in all of sport hands down. Nothing comes close. You can detest the team but they had the coolest look back in the day.

  4. The reason the Bucs and Seahawks are waiting til 2023 is due to supply chain issues on retail merchandise; they want to be able to maximize profit off the throwbacks.

    Whether the Pats have the same issues or reservations or not is up to them. But they have the ability to bring them back as soon as this year, and are one of the teams who requested and received approval to do so for this season.

  5. kohila says:
    March 6, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    Best logo of all-time in all of sport hands down. Nothing comes close. You can detest the team but they had the coolest look back in the day.

    54Rate This

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    Many of the AFL teams have great logos and unis except for akward Miami or Denver. Miami’s has been awkward from the beginning. Teal and a pinkish/orange thing with a lot of white. I mean, only Baltimore’s is more embarrassing.

    The Chargers, Raiders in particular, the Pats, etc, all have really good logos and unis. There’s an element of that cartoony style vibe that was big in the 1960s.

    The unis and logo just pops really well to the eye. The Pats and Raiders original stuff is up there with the best logos and unis in sports like the Yankees in baseball or the Original Six hockey teams logos and unis.

    Many of the early franchises in the NFL also have great uniforms even today. GB, Chicago, etc. Detroit needs to go back to its originals and/or go back to the powder blue pants with the white jerseys they wore on the road in the Barry Sanders Era. Great uniform.

    Fire all current Marketing morons within these franchises and go old school and simple. That’s the key.

  6. touchback6 says:
    March 6, 2022 at 7:58 pm
    YES

    The excuse to block the throwback uni usage is garbage. If all the helmets are made to the same specs, what does it matter what color it is or what the logo is? Goodell just didn’t want anything positive being said about NE hence why the rule came to be about the logo needing to be one logo to be able to wear throwbacks. So dumb.

    Everyone loves the classic, original unis and logo.

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    Not everything is some conspiracy involving Goodell…

  7. kohila says:
    March 6, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    Best logo of all-time in all of sport hands down. Nothing comes close. You can detest the team…
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    Detest the team? Those helmets remind me of the good old days of infinite losing and cellar-dwelling. I think it would be totally appropriate for them to return to Pat full-time from this point forward since the team won’t even be sniffing a Super Bowl appearance for decades.

  8. Classic 1960’s Falcons–red helmet on black jersey–should be on its way back.

  9. Tampa Bay and Seattle have already announced they will wait until 2023 due to supply problems. In other words, we could produce enough throwbacks for the team, but not enough to produce merchandise for sale. Therefore, we will wait. Merchandise tail wagging the football dog.

  10. They never should have changed the pat Patriot look the ones they have been wearing are ugly!

  11. I was born and raised in Giants country. My large extended Italian family rootd for the Giants and Yankees. When I turned 11 (1981) and informed my father and maternal grandfather I intended to make my own decision ànd did not understand this being g bound by geography thing, they said they would allow me to root for the Jets or Mets.

    I chose the Patriots and Red Sox. I was smitten with the Patriots logo as it appeared on the helmets and on Irving Friar’s hand towel. I also liked Steve Grogan, Julius Adams, and Andre Tippett. But it was that iconography of defiance that drew me to the Patriot altar. And the fact many of my young friends didn’t even know they existed was another draw for me. They were no one’s bitter rival. So you can imagine how satisfying 1985 was up through the first minute of SB XX.

  12. kohila says:
    March 6, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    Best logo of all-time in all of sport hands down. Nothing comes close. You can detest the team but they had the coolest look back in the day.

    Love Pat the Patriot, I hope they make it permanent, more than just 2022. Hard to say it’s the best of all time in all of sports though. I think a lot depends on which era you grew up in and who you rooted for. My time was the 70’s so I like most of the uni’s from that era. The Rams blue and white, the Raiders are classic. I like what the Chargers did recently with their uniforms and of course the original Jets uniforms were great. All original six NHL team uniforms still look great and the Yankees, Cardinals and Red Sox in baseball. Hard to choose but I’d be in favor of them bringing Pat back permanently.

  13. The Dynasty-era uni will always be my favorite. I like the deep blue and silver and the flying Elvis on the silver helmet. I also like the late-90s blue uniform with the giant flying Elvises on the shoulders. That was a crazy look. It’ll be fun to see the red uni with the Pat Patriot helmet as a throwback, but I tend to associate it with years and years of losing, so I can’t say I’m wildly enthusiastic.

  14. Based on what other teams are saying about uniform timing, I doubt it will be until 2023.

  15. They should keep the navy blue, and just put the Pat Patriot logo on their helmets. Because the red uniform scheme is awful. And historically wrong. The British wore Red, not the Minutemen (Patriots)

  16. I miss the Pat helmet.

    Also liked the 90’s Patriots blue jersey better than what they have now.

  17. I just hope I don’t get any Tony Eason or Hugh Millen flashbacks while watching

  18. datastrategist says:
    March 6, 2022 at 11:37 pm
    I was born and raised in Giants country. My large extended Italian family rootd for the Giants and Yankees. When I turned 11 (1981) and informed my father and maternal grandfather I intended to make my own decision ànd did not understand this being g bound by geography thing, they said they would allow me to root for the Jets or Mets.

    I chose the Patriots and Red Sox. I was smitten with the Patriots logo as it appeared on the helmets and on Irving Friar’s hand towel. I also liked Steve Grogan, Julius Adams, and Andre Tippett. But it was that iconography of defiance that drew me to the Patriot altar. And the fact many of my young friends didn’t even know they existed was another draw for me. They were no one’s bitter rival. So you can imagine how satisfying 1985 was up through the first minute of SB XX.

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    I was at SB XXX. You can find the game on Youtube. The Patriots were playing quite well in the first half, but the Bears got most of the lucky bounces to stay in the game. The Bears offense was not good for much of the first half. Lin Dawson, the Pat’s tight end, blew his knee out at the goal line and the Patriots had trouble running the ball after that, and that eventually made them one dimensional. The Bears defense was able to tee off on the QB and it was a long second half. It did not help that Ronnie Lippett could not handle Willie Gault, who was really, not a great receiver. He was just fast. He picked a bad day to overplay the guy.

    For some of the old timers, the Pat Patriot logo brings back nightmares. I like to see them use the old uniforms sometimes, but that was with Tom Brady, who made all things good, so everyone who wasn’t there for the hard times, can love those uni’s. Saint Tom reversed all the curses. Peace be with him. However, I have deep emotional scars from those days, where snatching defeat from the jaws of victory (Ben Dreith anyone?) was almost an expectation. TB12 and 6 Lombardi’s later have been the perfect salve for my wounds, but the memories, while buried deep, still linger. I have these unfounded fears that by donning those uni’s, they might resurrect the Ghost of Patriots Failures Past . It doesn’t make sense, but it’s like PTSD. If Mac can keep the win streak going in the old uni’s, I’ll take the next step in my recovery. One game at a time!

  19. I was at SB XXX. You can find the game on Youtube. The Patriots were playing quite well in the first half, but the Bears got most of the lucky bounces to stay in the game. The Bears offense was not good for much of the first half. Lin Dawson, the Pat’s tight end, blew his knee out at the goal line and the Patriots had trouble running the ball after that, and that eventually made them one dimensional.
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    I was at the game too. Bears fumbled on their first offensive series, Pats recovered, Lin Dawson got hurt on the very next play. NE kicked a FG. No idea what lucky bounces you are referring to or where you think NE played well – it was 23-3 Bears at halftime and complete and total domination.

  20. Some of you guys make me laugh. The bears owned that game from the start. It was a blowout at halftime. Not even close.

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