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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

The Packers Can't Be #1 In EVERYTHING

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     ...which might explain why the current Super Bowl champs come in fourth in a survey of the best NFL helmet designs.

     Okay, I admit it.   Things are slow with The Shield.   There's a lockout going on.  

      ESPN did the balloting, which pegs the team the Packers dispatched in Super Bowl XLV, the Steelers, as number one.   Green Bay is fourth, behind the Colts and Raiders.    The Bears came in ninth.   Dallas is sixth.

      The Pittsburgh helmet IS cool, bearing the Steelmark on one side. 

 

    The colors represent the three things that go into steel (scrap, ore and coal).   The team's website explains why the decal is only on one side of the head gear.

The Steelers are the only NFL team that sports their logo on only one side of the helmet. At first, this was a temporary measure because the Steelers weren't sure they would like the look of the logo on an all-gold helmet. They wanted to test them before going all-out.

Equipment manager Jack Hart was instructed to put the logo only on one side of the helmet - the right side. The 1962 Steelers finished 9-5 and became the winningest team in franchise history to date. The team finished second in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the Playoff Bowl. They wanted to do something special for their first postseason game, so they changed the color of their helmets from gold to black, which helped to highlight the new logo.

Because of the interest generated by having the logo on only one side of their helmets and because of their team's new success, the Steelers decided to leave it that way permanently.

Today's helmet reflects the way the logo was originally applied and it has never been changed.

     

      It took until 1961 for the Packers to spiff up their helmets...

 

     ...with Gerald "Dad" Braisher coming up with the oval-shaped "G" that dots everything the Packers touch.    It's been there ever since, and I doubt it'll ever go away

 

 

.   The former equipment manager also gets credit for coming up with the striping pattern found on the Packers helmet, a design aped by other teams almost immediately after their Green Bay debut.

 

    It's a look that's always number one around here.   Fascinating as it may be, let's hope we'll soon have some REAL football news to talk about.

 

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