Dallas Cowboys Helmet

The Dallas Cowboys Helmet History

The Dallas Cowboys helmet history begins in 1960 with a look many aren’t accustomed to seeing as the familiar silver-blue, royal, navy, and metallic-silver make up the bulk of the Cowboys’ history. Complete with the double-outlined lone-star the Cowboys’ look has become one of the most if not the most recognizable in sports.

Beginnings

1960-1963 version of the lone star helmet.

When the team debuted in 1960, they bore a white helmet with a blue lone-star. This look lasted until 1963 when the Cowboys traded in the white for silver-blue, which remains the helmet shell to this day. The difference between this helmet and the modern-day helmet is the fact the lone star lacked a double-outline, opting instead for the single outline. The crown stripe running down the middle also consisted of blue and white for both versions.

 

Modern-Day

Starting in 1967, the Cowboys look changed again, which is seen to this day, featuring the double-outlined lone star. An additional outline was done to give the logo a bolder look and feel, which has remained unchanged.

 

Special Helmets

Second version of the lone star helmet, worn from 1964-1966.

While the Cowboys’ helmet has remained unchanged, they did do a one-year project with the helmet in 1976. To celebrate America’s bicentennial year, the Cowboys tweaked the right-hand side of their crown stripe, changing the color from blue to red while the left-hand side remained blue.

In 1994, the Cowboys decided to wear an updated version of their 1960 throwback uniforms, keeping the double-star helmet with the throwbacks in favor of reverting back to white during throwback weekends.

The white helmet did make a comeback, however, in the early 21st century. On Thanksgiving Day in 2003, they resurrected the 1960-1963 uniforms, complete with the white helmet, and continued to wear this look on select Thanksgiving Day games until the NFL banned teams from using multiple-colored helmets starting in 2013.

 

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My Take

The Cowboys’ bicentennial helmets, worn during the 1976 season.

The Cowboys definitely have earned one of the most iconic looks not just in the NFL, but in sports history. While their classic logos hold a similar vibe, the lone star doesn’t pop like it does with the double-outlined logo. Sports fans from all over the world, NFL fans or not, always recognize the Cowboys look once they’ve come across it. It’s truly a one of a kind logo and helmet that neither is nor should go anywhere anytime soon.

10 comments

  1. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan by association; my dad moved to the states from Australia and being that the Cowboys were called “America’s Team”, he immediately took to following them. I love seeing the throwback helmets when they use them, I personally like the old look better than the new silver and blue. 

    1. I’m with you, Haleigh, and while I think the Cowboys have the best helmet in the league, the white/navy color contrast is one of the best in sports. I doubt the team will ever return to that look since they’ve won five Super Bowls in their current helmets, but either way, it’s a great look. 

  2. The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the teams that I’ve followed over the years as I don’t necessarily have a “favorite” pro team, but still enjoy watching the game.

    Their logo is definitely iconic across more than just sports fans like you said. But in my opinion I actually like the original white helmet better than the silver. I feel that they could still do a double star somehow but with a white helmet which would keep the nicer looking logo while giving it a throwback look.

    It’s very interesting reading about how logos and teams evolve and the Cowboys helmet is no different!

    1. I personally love watching the Cowboys and they’re one of the few teams I’ll root for after Cleveland and (to an extent) Minnesota. I think the original white helmet displays far more color contrast, which I’ve always seen as a plus in the NFL. 

  3. This is really cool. The Dallas Cowboys is definitely my favorite team in the NFL. My dad was a huge Cowboys fan. So I grew up watching the Cowboys on TV every time they played and it grew on me after a while. Now that I am older, I am doing the same thing with my son lol. I also collect anything sports collectibles, especially anything that deals with the cowboys which is why I am glad I came across your article. I am in the market for a helmet and this was exactly what I was looking for. Great article, definitely going to share this article in my Dallas Cowboys fan club on Facebook. 

    1. They’re on TV a lot, even here in the Pittsburgh region. Not just their popularity, but the helmet and logo is by far, far and a way the best the NFL has to offer. You just can’t go wrong with the Lone Star. 

  4. I was a football fan for years when I was younger, but due to sports injuries I had to out it down with basketball and skateboarding too. Sometimes I’ll watch a game and usually I’m in the bandwagon for the super bowl and similar significant games / gatherings.

    I respect football for it’s rigid structure, chaos and amazing plays much similar to some basketball plays I used to drill with my team at the time in school. Who is your number one favorite player in the Cowboys? I do enjoy watching them for the excitement and engaging flips throughout the games until it’s BOOM TOUCHDOWN!!

    1. You know who the bandwagon team is this year, right, Rowan? The Browns! My team. Lol. And yeah, I love the way football is, but man, it can be more physical like it was in the past. Not what it used to be from a physicality standpoint, I must admit. Number One favorite Cowboy ever? Deion Sanders. Favorite lifelong Cowboy? I would say Emmitt but he bailed for Arizona in 2003 and 2004, so I have to go with Aikman. From a historical standpoint, I’m going with Tony Dorsett, but he retired a few years before I was born. 

  5. Love me some Dallas Cowboy football and everything about the team. I didnt realize that the first helmet was back in 1960 as I thought they didnt start wearing them until 1964 so I learned something today. That is awesome. Personally I like the throwback football helmets and the uniforms much better than the current ones. I hope they eventually go back to them I heard talk of such but either way Dallas Cowboys ROCK!

    1. Yep, the 1960 team went winless 0-11-1 and donned some white helmets. I personally loved that look. I wish the NFL would start allowing throwback helmets again someday, as so many of them look good. 

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