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There is a small chance that the Dallas Cowboys could wear their throwback helmets in 2021

The old style Cowboys helmet is a popular item.

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When it comes to the game of professional football there are obviously a lot of important details. Sure there is offensive scheme, the type of defense you’re running, the players at the end of your roster, what the weather is when you’re outdoors, we could spend forever going through how to prioritize all of these things. One thing remains clear, though, and that is that jerseys and the world that surrounds them are among those traits at the very top of the list.

In all seriousness, some football fans do care a lot about the jerseys that are worn in NFL games. The Dallas Cowboys are fortunate to have incredible jerseys, and they were sort of in the news this week as linebacker Jaylon Smith changed the number that is sewn on to his.

While only Smith will wear number 9, the entire Cowboys team will obviously have the same base for their uniform which includes their jersey, pants, and helmet. It is the latter detail that could be slightly different at a certain point in 2021.

There is a small chance that the Dallas Cowboys could wear their throwback helmets in 2021

When it comes to the Cowboys they do have some of the best uniforms in the National Football League. If you ask any random Cowboys fan which of the ones that they wear is their favorite, odds are many would love both the home white and navy away.

Over the last five and a half years plenty of fans have grown fond of the color rush jerseys that the Cowboys wear. These are somewhat reminiscent of the 75th anniversary jerseys that the Cowboys wore in 1994 (we don’t have to talk about that season) and ultimately offer an overall clean look.

There is still another option that many fans love which is the team’s throwback uniform. This get-up pays homage to the Cowboys teams of old and even brings with it the white helmet that accompanied it, a deviation from the standard silver Cowboys helmet.

Unfortunately almost a decade ago the NFL instituted a rule that forces teams to only have one helmet per season which has meant that the Cowboys could not wear their throwback uniforms since they don’t go with the silver helmet. Other teams like the Green Bay Packers or Chicago Bears still wear their throwback uniforms because the helmet that accompanies it (from a base perspective) is the same one that they wear with their standard uniform.

It is possible that this changes in the near future, though. Apparently the league could allow for its teams to have more than one helmet as soon as 2021 which would allow the Cowboys to wear their entire throwback setup.

The NFL has been considering the possibility of dumping the rule that limits players to one helmet per season. That rule is unpopular for many, because it necessarily prevents teams from using throwback or alternative uniforms based on helmets with a different color than their base helmets.

According to the NFL, there’s still no update on the possible return of multiple helmets for 2021. Even though the issue wasn’t raised at the ownership meetings conducted this week, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that this change, if it happens, requires no discussion or vote among ownership.

The issue first emerged last year, when Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians mentioned that the Bucco Bruce throwbacks could return in Tampa for 2021. Said the league at the time in response to an inquiry sparked by Arians’ comments: “There will be no change for the 2020 season. There are ongoing discussions for a potential change for the 2021 season, but no decisions have been made.”

It is hard to know why the league would suddenly be down with changing this rule, although if it is coming from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers then that would make some sense. Tom Brady wearing the Bucs’ creamsicle uniforms (which require a white helmet) would be great for posterity.

Dallas traditionally wore their throwback uniforms on Thanksgiving Day, but also broke them out for a few other occasions. The Cowboys notably wore their throwback uniforms the last time that they visited Kansas City, which they will do this season, when Miles Austin announced himself to the world.

Hopefully this happens.


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