New York Giants Helmet

From Wild and Crazy Beginnings: New York Giants Helmet History

The New York Giants helmet history has consisted of the same blue and red shell and stripe for as long as my grandparents have been alive, which is since the late-1930s onward. That said, when one thinks of the Giants, they think of continuity, much like their NFC East brethren which I consider to be the most traditional division in football.

 

Formative Years

The Giants were founded in 1925 and like other teams founded during the era before plastic helmet shells, wore leatherheads. Let’s get started on this incredibly long and wild rundown of a timeline from 1925 to 1961. Don’t worry, you can click this link if you can’t understand my descriptions, because some of these helmets are just freaking wild and crazy.

Wild and crazy didn’t start off, however, as the team wore plain white and beige leatherheads in 1925 before going with just white between 1926 and 1928.

In 1929 and 1930, the team went with plain beige.

From 1931 to 1933, the Giants went with this strange pattern consisting of blue at the front of the helmet and red making up the rest with a thick, blue horizontal crown stripe. Like I said, click the link above if you need some visuals.

Also in 1933, the Giants added a second helmet, this one blue at the base with a red and blue striped pattern at the upper half.

In 1934, the Giants used a white helmet with red at the front and back, as well as a red helmet with blue at the front and back.

In 1935 and 1936, the team went with just the red/white design.

In 1937, a new blue helmet featuring a red-winged front and University of Michigan like design, also in red, was adopted. The winged-helmet lasted until the 1947 season, with the exception of 1945 when the Giants used a light-beige plain helmet in conjuction with the primary winged-look.

The final leatherhead debuted in 1948, consisting of red at the lower half and blue at the upper half, along with horizontal and vertical red crown stripes.

Finally, from 1949 to 1960, the Giants used a plain blue plastic-shelled helmet with a red crown stripe.

Crazy designs and descriptions? I know, right?!

 

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1961-1975

The helmet’s shell and stripe remained unchanged from 1961 to 1974, but a lowercase ‘ny’ was added as helmet decals, with the ‘y’ swooping under the ‘n,’ as seenin the photo to your right.

In 1975, the Giants provided an update for the helmet. The ‘n’ was now capitalized and both the ‘Ny’ were now blue with a white outline. Also, white now bordered the red on the helmet crown, giving more visibility to the red. Also in 1975, the Giants switched from a traditional gray facemask to white.

This was definitely a unique look, that encompassed the team’s entire 1975 season after opting for just plain shells during the pre-season.

 

1976-1999

In 1976, the blue ‘Ny’ was dropped in favor for the GIANTS script, along with the same crown stripe the team adopted the previous season.

In 1981, the white borders on the helmet stripe were dropped, and the helmet remained unchanged over the next eighteen seasons.

 

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2000-Present

GIANTS script from 1976-1999.

In 2000, the Giants reverted back to their lighter blue shells and dropped the GIANTS script in favor of their 1961-1974 logo, the lowercase ‘ny.’ They also adopted a similar uniform to the 1961-74 classics and the primary helmet has remained the same ever since.

This helmet’s shade of blue was lightened from a darker to more of a royal blue, something unique during an age where many teams adopted darker shades of their color scheme in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In 2016, the Giants have since brought back the GIANTS script for their Color Rush, which is practically a version of their all-white uniform from 1981-1999. The only difference here is the Giants, like the Broncos, have used their primary helmet since teams are now banned from using multiple colored helmets in the NFL.

 

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My Take

The short-lived 1975 helmet.

I’m a football purist, but for the Giants, either helmet works well. They’re one of few NFL teams that have looked good in any helmet and uniform combination they have worn, except for the one-year helmet in 1975.

It truly doesn’t matter what helmets the Giants wear; they will never have to adopt a new identity if they continue using either helmet.

 

 

Conclusion

The Giants’ color rush helmet, featuring a lighter shade of blue that matches their primary helmets.

Wild, crazy, and hard to describe in words; those were my first thoughts regarding the Giants’ first three decades-worth of helmets in the old leatherhead era. But you know what, I give them credit for continuity, especially since they settled on blue and red early in their existence, and glad to see it to have stood the test of time for literally almost one-hundred seasons.

They’re one of few teams to boast a few reputable logos as well, in both primary and Color Rush format, as well as two respectable primary shades of blue. The Giants need to keep doing what they’re doing and they will continue to win over fans for such longevity. I’ll take it any day.

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10 comments

  1. I find it interesting how in every sports accessory get evolved. Obviously, helmets are important in football, and the possibility of customizing them are great.

    My favorite logo on the helmet would be one from 1976-1999. I like GIANTS stands out, similar to the present.

    1. I was a big fan of that helmet as well and I’m glad they brought it back for their color rush look. Maybe it’ll make a full-time return in the future? While you can’t go wrong with either helmet, the GIANTS script was a favorite of mine.

  2. This is a flash back memory of how helmet became part of footboller,’s dress. NY must be interesting for retaining it back after a long time. The two colour look nice but am a great fan of Giants so,I’ll go for the current blue color with red stripe and Giants bodly written on it. Thanks for this review

    1. Hi, Stella, I’m with you there. While the helmet is at alternate status as of now, it’d look great even on the current uniforms. I’d love to see it in action. 

  3. Super love New York Giant’s simplistic design! Their latest design where they changed their wording to Giants instead of the lower-cased NY like last time has this fresh aura about it but personally, I think fans would react better seeing their beloved NY name coming out because it’s the pride of the country. 

    Especially when it’s an international match where they’re competing with the best of the best, I’d be overly patriotic if I were to see New York there, wouldn’t you? Just my thought though 😀

    1. I think the simpler the better, I must agree. I think both methods work well. I love the script GIANTS but I do see your point on the ‘ny’ logo, representing NYC worldwide. 

  4. It’s always great reading the history you have discovered for us, from the jerseys to the helmets.

    My husband loves the Hawks and he was looking forward to buying the jersey you mentioned that was available in your previous post on the jerseys. He told me he will purchase it once he has the finance too. 

    Now the helmet will go great with the jersey! But I see there is the Giants helmet you are promoting. I hope I did not miss the update of the Hawks helmet or Cap.

    Thank you for sharing and all the best.

  5. The color and the New York Giants logo  go really well together I think it looks absolutely great, however, I must admit, I do like continuation and tradition, I believe the colors should remain the same, okay, it is okay to update the logo occasionally and give a more modern look, however, I do realize I may be wrong but I believe it’s yet another example of profit, with a color change comes orders for new helmets and of course the same has to be said for all the other items.

    Russ 

       

    1. Hi, Russ, I’m a big fan of the helmet, myself, due to the tradition but I also like the script GIANTS helmet even better. Either way, a continuation of the same colors goes far, especially for a franchise that has been in existence for nearly 100 years. 

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