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Different Colored Helmets for Eligible Receivers?


Jim Morgan

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I just found an article on the evolution of the football helmet in a 1974 issue of 'Pro' magazine. In the article was an interesting passage:

'The official NFL Rules Book stipulates only that helmets must be worn by all players on all teams (a 1943 addition) that helmets must be constructed only of plastic, and that all players on the same team wear the same colour helmet. One exception to this latter rule is permitted: eligible pass receivers may wear a different coloured helmet from their teammates, but if one pass receiver wears a different coloured helmet, then all receivers must wear the same colour...'

Does this rule still stand? Theoretically, could an NFL team line up with two different coloured lids of offense?

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P.S: Sorry if this has come up before.

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This would just make a bigger mess of things.

The CFL sdoesn't have the same # restrictions by position as the NFL--but there is still a range of #'s that eligible receivers wear and a range ineligible players wear.

So in both leagues the eligible receivers are known by their numbers...

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I remember reading about that idea, which was the basis for Michigan/Delaware/Princeton's helmet design. Basically, it helped the quarterback tell his player apart from the defender, before the current era of bright distinctive unis.

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The different color helmet idea would work if teams didn't audible and change formations before the snap. Now you've got ineligible receivers in the helmets and eligible receivers wearing regular helmets.

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Back in the day Alabama had their WRs wear white helmets with red numbers to show that they were eligible recievers. I believe this was only used in Bowls.

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The different color helmet idea would work if teams didn't audible and change formations before the snap. Now you've got ineligible receivers in the helmets and eligible receivers wearing regular helmets.

Yeah, otherwise Mike Vrabel would be scrambling around the sideline looking to lend someones helmet!

I know Indoor Volleyball teams have one player who wears a different jersey from the rest of his/her team. Not sure what the significance of this is though. And I guess the Soccer goalkeeper one is kinda necessary.

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This would just make a bigger mess of things.

The CFL sdoesn't have the same # restrictions by position as the NFL--but there is still a range of #'s that eligible receivers wear and a range ineligible players wear.

So in both leagues the eligible receivers are known by their numbers...

I'm probably veering way off topic here, but what would be the repercussions of making ALL offensive players eligible receivers? Would it add even more strategy to the game? Or would it be a complete disaster?

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I've heard of some HS teams in the chicago area having a reward system that works something like this:

Start off with Blue helmets no decals.

You reach a certain level of something, you get decals.

You then start getting stickers.

Once you get enough stickers, now you get a gold helmet.

pretty stupid if you ask me. But my roomate was at a school that did that and he loved it.

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This would just make a bigger mess of things.

The CFL sdoesn't have the same # restrictions by position as the NFL--but there is still a range of #'s that eligible receivers wear and a range ineligible players wear.

So in both leagues the eligible receivers are known by their numbers...

I'm probably veering way off topic here, but what would be the repercussions of making ALL offensive players eligible receivers? Would it add even more strategy to the game? Or would it be a complete disaster?

It'd be a complete disaster, I'd imagine.

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