Russell Wilson on Wednesday night expressed the rarity that is an almost universally shared opinion: More NFL throwback uniforms, please.
The 31-year-old Seahawks quarterback shared a photoshopped picture of himself in a uniform that resembles the look Seattle's NFL franchise donned from its birth in 1976 to its first major change in 2002. He evidently caught wind of a rumor that the NFL is considering ditching the nonsensical one-helmet rule it created seven years ago.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 26, 2020
The Seahawks' silver helmet and pants look is sharp, indeed. It would be an amazing addition to what's already the the league's second-best uniform set in our estimation.
Now, if the NFL would just allow it.
"There will be no change for the 2020 season,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk regarding the rule that limits players to just one helmet per year. "There are ongoing discussions for a potential change for the 2021 season, but no decisions have been made."
The rule was implemented in 2013 as part of the league's injection of safety measures. (Helmets need to be broken in before they can be considered safe for game use.) Because it limits players to one helmet per year, it also forces teams to choose just one helmet color. Teams are allowed to wear throwback uniforms as long as the default helmets are used within the set.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) March 25, 2020
If the NFL ditches the rule, teams would be allowed to include multiple helmet colors in their uniform sets for the first time since the 2012 season. Think white helmets with throwback looks for the Cowboys, Patriots and Buccaneers. Gold helmets for the Steelers. Red for the Falcons and Bills. Kelly Green for the Eagles.
More helmet color options would mean more throwback uniform options, and more throwback uniforms would mean more jersey sale opportunities.
For the perpetually money-craving NFL, this should be a no-brainer. Or, as Wilson put it, "a must."