Updated: Jul 22, 2022
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The NFL sent out a memo to teams on Thursday that starting in 2022, clubs will be allowed a second helmet, which means the Steelers gold helmets from 2007-2011 could be making a comeback.
According to Pro Football Talk, the memo states that teams can pair the second helmet with alternate, throwback or Color Rush uniforms, so long as they follow all league policies on ensuring that all alternate helmets are properly fitted, and that all players are provided with sufficient opportunity to wear the alternate helmets in practice prior to wearing them in a game.
The policy also says that teams wanted helmets for every player on the roster, to ensure that all alternate helmets are the same make, model and size as the player’s primary helmet, and by requiring players to get fitted for both their primary and alternate helmets at the same time in training camp.
Player safety was the main reason for putting an end to alternate helmets previously. From 2007-2011, the Steelers were 7-3 when they wore their gold helmets with the 75th anniversary throwback uniforms.