Cleveland Browns Helmet

The Cleveland Browns Helmet History

Yes, the logoless Cleveland Browns helmet has a history, despite it remaining essentially the same throughout the years. We’re all used to the plain orange shells…or were there changes?

In fact, yes, there are really multiple shell colors in the Browns’ helmet history.

Don’t believe me?

Take a look at this outline of the Browns’ uniform at the link here.

But, there is so much more than just the old white leatherheads.

Let’s take a look at an in depth history for this iconic helmet.

 

1946-1951

The Browns debuted with white helmets in the inaugural season of the old All-America Football Conference (AAFC). These helmets were solid white with no markings. In 1950 and 1951, the Browns wore the same white helmets during day games and solid orange helmets during night games.

 

1952-1959

During the Browns’ first few seasons in the NFL, they phased out the white in favor of orange, debuting solid orange helmets with a single white stripe. Starting in 1957, they added brown to the outer portion of the stripe, which is seen on the helmets to this day. Also, during the 1950s, they added brown numbers to the sides of their helmet, giving the team their first “helmet logo” in their history.

 

1960s

The Browns’ 1952-1956 version.

In 1960, the Browns dropped the side numerals and opted instead for the solid orange look, again, which is seen from the team today.

In 1965, the Browns added a logo to their helmets, known as the infamous ‘CB’ logo. This helmet never appeared in any regular season games and is believed to have never appeared in any preseason games. The logo was designed by NFL Creative Properties in an attempt to provide an identity to the Browns when helmet logos became a thing starting in the late 1940s and by the 1960s, every NFL team but Cleveland possessed a helmet logo.

This helmet, however, did not sit well with the team and the players were said to have removed the logo before playing in their first preseason games, solidifying the logoless helmet seen today.

 

1970s to Present

The unused ‘CB’ helmet logo.

The Browns helmet saw very little change since, the only changes coming to the facemask.

From 1975 to 2005, the Browns wore a white facemask, which returned when the team returned to the league after as three-year hiatus in 1999.

From 2006 to 2014, they reverted back to the gray facemask worn from the 1950s until 1974. This look remained until the Browns radically redesigned their uniforms in 2015.

Come 2015, the Browns introduced a new shade of orange and brown, with the orange being more vibrant than the classic burnt orange that was part of the team’s color scheme throughout their history.

The current helmet features a matte finish in favor of the gloss, with detail in the brown portion of the helmet stripe. The team also switched to brown facemasks, which some believe to be for the first time in the team’s history, however photos have circulated throughout the years depicting brown facemasks in the early 1950s, but they have never been confirmed.

 

2020

The Browns’ helmet design from 1975-2005.

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam have confirmed a complete redesign is in the works for 2020. Early rumors stated the Browns will return to their classic uniforms with a modern twist, as many teams like the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Chargers have done.

However, with the team’s color rush uniforms being a major hit with the fan base, the team might opt to go in that direction, meaning the current helmet might remain the same.

 

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My Take

The Browns’ 2006-2014 helmet featuring gray facemasks.

As an open Browns fan, I’ve always been in love with the logoless helmet. Critics pan the look, but the loyal Cleveland fan base will always stand beside the helmet. It’s a Cleveland sports thing, ditto for the color scheme.

For me, as long as the helmet remains plain, and it will, I’ll be okay with any uniform change, as rumors state it will occur in 2020 and most likely return to the original look. I would prefer a reversion to burnt orange and gloss finish, with an orange, brown, or white facemask.

It will be exciting to see what the Browns unveil next season as they get rid of the infamous look that debuted in 2015.

Related Article: History of the Cleveland Browns Jersey

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16 comments

  1. This is and interesting article and I’m glad I read it. I’m not an American Football fan and don’t pretend to be. I’m a big Basketball fan and I’m from the UK, however I have noticed the Cleveland Browns’ helmets over the years and always wondered why there was never a logo displayed on them and now I know! They’ve not followed the crowd in this regard so if they did it would definitely be disappointing. Personally I think it makes them stand out, it’s unique and clearly part of the teams history so that should not change.

    1. I think it does, too. If there’s something that the Browns need to keep the same, it’s their helmets. When I was growing up, they were the primary reason I started following them.

  2. I found this a very interesting read as the part of the world I am from (South Africa and now residing in the UK) rugby is much more popular than American football. Saying that, American football has recently gained quite a follow in the UK and I have seen tickets for world class American football games being sold at the famous Twickenham rugby stadium.

    Who would have ever believed that there is such a rich history behind a helmet and I am amazed that this is even a focus point. I always thought that people watching American football only focus on the actual game and not that much at all on the attire.

    1. Hi, Schalk. American football is still growing in many parts of the world but the UK has been coming on strong in recent years. It’s amazing to see the growing fan base. While I think American football will always be second to rugby, I can definitely see it coming on strong in the coming seasons.

      And yes, some of our franchises here in the States hold a very rich helmet history. I’ve always been an attire type, but there are many more who focus more on the game. My dad’s the game type while I can’t get over the attire part!!

  3. Hi Todd,

    Really interesting post on the history of the Browns helmet and I linked through to the uniforms as well. Interesting history. I am not a huge football fan but I always felt that the Browns helmet looked clean and had a mystique about it because there was no logo. I have to admit I have always like the Bengals helmet as well, although I probably shouldn’t admit that to a die-hard Browns fan. A lot of the NFL helmets I find are kind of gaudy and uninteresting. But maybe, after reading your interesting history of the Browns helmet I may dig around your site for some more history.

    Thanks

    Ken

    1. That’s one reason I’ve always loved the Browns. The logoless helmet to me represents timelessness. It’s valuable only to Browns fans as well, which is something no other team can bolster. I agree that most helmets are bland. Only the Cowboys, Redskins, Packers, Vikings, Bears, Rams, Saints, 49ers, Bills, Steelers, Colts, Chiefs, Raiders, Texans, and Chargers have decent helmets in addition to the Browns; only half of the league. 

  4. What a fascinating niche!  I’m not a huge football fan myself, but your blog is attractive and easy to navigate.

    Are there any other affiliate links other than the banners distributed through the page.  It appears as thought you’re trying to provide your reader with a way to get their favorite pro jersey, but I don’t see any kind of purchase link.  I’m especially looking at the Andrew Luch Blog.  Was this an idea you abandoned, or am I missing something?

    1. Hi, Calvin! Let me have a look at it. The blue text in each article serves as the purchase link but I might need to increase the size of them. But there’s always the possibility the link didn’t insert properly. 

  5. Happy to know the fantastic story background of Cleveland Brown Helmet. This is a sport have just gotten interest in. Although its not a popular sport in Africa. And government has just started to invest in rugby. And I want to ask if this same American Soccer is the rugby game in other countries? Please forgive my novice exposure. I will say that the design of the helmet has been beautiful since 1948 or there about. I also like the changes that were coming to the helmet. The primary purpose of the product is to protect the head of the players. 

    1. I would say our game resembles rugby since it has roots in both rugby and soccer. Those early NFL days especially resembled rugby before the evolution of the game became apparent. 

  6. Hi! Thank you very much for this post about the iconic helmet of the Cleveland Browns. It’s nice to see that after more than 70 years, the team is planning to return to the classical helmet for the 2020 season. I’m eager to see this classic uniform with the modern twist.

    There were many things I didn’t know that had taken place concerning the Cleveland Browns from 1946 until now. Thank you very much for outlining them out.

    1. I’m guessing it’s going to resemble the color rush look. While a traditionalist might cringe, the fans loved it and the Browns are 3-0 in the look as opposed to 11-52-1 in the current uniforms. While I identify as traditionalist, I wouldn’t mind the color rush uniform. 

  7. I think the logoless helmet looks quite awesome but my cousin will probably want to stick something related to the team. Do you have any suggestions?

  8. I also prefer the clean the helmet without the logo. My husband is a soccer fan, and he told me that Barcelona used to be the only top European team without any sponsors on their jerseys. But, now they needed money, so they have the sponsor on their jerseys. How about American football teams? Do they all have sponsors on the jerseys?

    1. Hi, Sandy, so far in the NFL no team wears a sponsor on their uniform (thank goodness!) but they do wear sponsors on practice jerseys as well as sponsors being shown throughout the stadium as the games are being played. For instance, the Browns play in First Energy Stadium, where the First Energy logo is both outside and inside the stadium. You’ll see sponsors like Pepsi, Bud Light, and others scattered about, even surrounding the playing field. 

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