In a nod to the past, the Cleveland Browns unveiled alternate gear on Tuesday, marking the first time the team has worn white helmets since 1951.
Fans anticipating the new look will see him in action at Brown’s Week 2 “Monday Night Football” game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The helmets will appear again in Week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers and Week 17 against the New York Jets.
The classic white headgear features two dark brown stripes bordering a single orange stripe in the middle, finished with a metallic brown face mask. Cleveland opted to share insight while directing a light dig at the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL has praised the new look, which will feature a white jersey and pants – a uniform combination the Browns also made in 2021.
Cleveland debuted as a professional football team with white helmets in 1946 and wore them for the team’s first six seasons before switching to its signature orange shell before the 1952 campaign.
The all-white uniforms associated with the white helmets are a first since 1946, hence the uniform crest honoring this important year.
In a nostalgic spirit, the called Bengals took a look back at the old rivalry and shared some images to remind fans that the color has a contested history between the teams.
“[Former Browns owner] Art Modell in Cleveland complained that we ripped off Cleveland Brown’s uniform,” Mike Brown, son of Bengals co-founder Paul Brown, said in the video. ripped off whose uniform?”
The NFL resumed allowing teams to wear alternate helmets last season, allowing their use for up to three games during the regular season. That’s how Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans are finally ready for a complete “creamsicle” revival, and it looks like the change might have encouraged a few more unveilings to come before the end of this offseason.