Houston Texans Helmet

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.

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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My Take

The Texans’ helmet is one that carries on rich tradition in the State of Texas, even adding the lone star on the helmet. While I’d prefer a white helmet with some Columbia blue over the current color scheme, it’s a solid look and one that has since stood the team’s test of time since their inception in 2002.

While I’d love to see a full-blown Houston Oilers throwback someday, with permission from the Tennessee Titans, of course, this is a look I can live with.

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8 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.

  3. I keep wondering why helmet color keeps changing over time. To my own opinion, maintaining white color helmet would have been the best. Due to many positive goodies attached to white color. I’m in love with this website already. I love engaging myself in reading reviews about history, especially sport.

    1. Hi, Stella, I agree; I wish the white would’ve remained. My theory for the team changing to blue is due to the fact that at the time of the team’s inception, the Colts and Titans both had white helmets. Ironically, the Titans just switched to an identical shade of blue as the Texans’ helmet in 2018. 

  4. As a native Houston resident, I agree and wish the new franchise would have been the new Houston Oilers. I have rooted for the Texans since there inception and I love their colors and uniforms but it isn’t the same as the Oilers. Of course, the Oilers was the team I rooted for in my childhood and nothing will change that.

    1. Hi, Lee, I feel the same. While the name Texans is indeed historic, nothing would’ve beaten bringing back the old Houston Oilers, and nothing the Texans do will ever replace the iconic Oilers; something players like DeShaun Watson, J.J. Watt, and DeAndre Hopkins realize and are begging for permission to don the Columbia blue and white once more. I’m begging, too. 

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