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ATLANTA – Red Helmets are returning to the Atlanta Falcons – for at least one game this season.
The franchise announced the return of the iconic helmet Wednesday night for the Falcons’ Week 6 game against the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The red helmet – which will feature a gray face mask along with a black Falcon’s crest logo with white trim – will be worn alongside the team’s recurring black jerseys with white numbers and red trim. The helmet will also look like the team’s original, with a black stripe down the middle trimmed in white and gold.
The Falcons said in a release that this gold-striped design was created to honor both of the best college programs in the state, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.
“Can’t wait to put this on,” Falcons cornerback AJ Terrell, who grew up in Atlanta, said in a video released by the team. “Definitely, like when you look at all the recurring uniforms, this one always comes to mind. It’s very rare to see a red helmet with the gold stripe down the middle, so I can’t wait to put it on.”
Terrell was so excited about the helmet that he said he would keep the one he modeled for the team’s social media and website instead of giving it back. He had already begun to imagine putting his visor on his helmet to complete his look.
Atlanta may be wearing these helmets again due to a change in NFL policy in 2021 that makes it possible to wear another piece of headwear this season. Falcons reintroduced the red helmets with this uniform in 2009 and wore them twice a day. season until 2013.