The Houston Texans Helmet History

While the Houston Texans helmet hasn’t changed since their inception in 2002, it doesn’t quite mean they don’t have a history.

For one, many believed the Houston Texans could’ve become the new Houston Oilers upon the franchise’s founding in 1999, my eight-year-old self included, since I absolutely loved the team’s look from back in the 1990s. However, then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue retired the Oilers’ name while the team’s color and history is part of the Tennessee Titans, who’ve been based in Nashville since 1999.

 

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History of the Houston Texans’ Helmet

So, the Texans started with a wholly new identity and no history.

When were the first ideas of the Texans’ uniforms discovered?

At a team event when owner Bob McNair flashed a white helmet with the current logo.

Everyone bought the look to the point EA Sports’ Madden NFL placed the uniform with the white helmet into the game as a bonus team in its Madden NFL 2002 version, one year before the Texans made their debut in Madden NFL 2003.

However, the helmet color was changed prior to the team’s debut from white to a navy blue color.

The proposed white Houston Texans helmet prior to the switch to navy prior to their 2002 debut.

One theory states the color change was necessary due to the number of AFC teams already wearing a white helmet at the time. The New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans all wore white helmets, with the Colts and Titans set to join the soon-to-be created AFC South which also came into existence in 2002. Since then, the Los Angeles Chargers (2007) and Buffalo Bills (2011) also reverted to white helmets, bringing the total to six in the AFC before the Titans switched to navy blue helmets prior to the 2018 season.

Today, the Texans’ helmet remains navy blue and resembles that of what the Titans did last season, giving the current and former Houston teams identical looks when the bitter rivals play one another.

There have been several concepts for the Texans’ helmets if they did revert to white in the future, one of which depicting a lighter blue and red look, which would resemble the Houston Oilers of old.

Only time will tell whether the Texans are willing to undergo such a change, but as of right now, there are no plans to change the team’s look.

 

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4 comments

  1. Great article! I love learning about the history of teams and the decisions that are made. I like the navy helmet better than the white. I find it more authoritative and strong. Not to say the white isn’t nice, it makes for a clean look.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing a great article and the history behind the helmet choice.

    For me personally, I am not a big fan of the blue and I wish they had kept the white helmet as it looks cleaner which could be why other clubs are using white, I hope they go back to the white in the future.

    1. The white definitely would’ve been a nod to the old Houston Oilers, and part of me wishes the Texans would’ve settled on sky blue over navy, or what they refer to as deep steel blue. As brighter colors seem to be making a comeback, the Texans might someday go this route.

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