FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are bringing back their red helmets for their homecoming uniforms this season.
The Falcons announced Wednesday night that the team would bring back the red helmets with black jerseys for the first time since 2012.
The team will debut the retro look, which pays homage to their first uniform in 1966, when they face the San Francisco 49ers in a home game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 6 on October 16. .
The red helmet features a white and black stripe down the middle, with a black Falcons logo and gray mask. The band is edged in white and gold. The original color scheme was designed to include Georgia and Georgia Tech colors in an effort to appeal to college football fans.
The Falcons wore this version of the red helmet from 1966 to 1969 before removing the gold trim.
The throwback uniforms will also include white pants with a red stripe bordered by two black stripes and white and black socks with red and black stripes.
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The Falcons brought back the suit in 2009 and wore the uniform twice per season until 2013, when NFL rules prohibited teams from wearing more than one helmet.
The league allows teams to use a second helmet in the 2022 season. The second helmet can be used with a return, color, or alternate uniform.
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