NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE


NATIONAL CONFERENCE EAST

DALLAS NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA
COWBOYS GIANTS EAGLES
WASHINGTON
REDSKINS

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There have been several recent helmets changes in the NFC East. In 2000, the Giants switched to the helmet seen above. In 2002, the Redskins wore two helmets, the one above and a throwback helmet seen below, to celebrate the team's 75th anniversary.


DALLAS COWBOYS

1960 - 1963 1964 - 1966 1976
1967 - 1975;
1977 - present

The Cowboys entered the league in 1960 as an expansion team. In 1976, to honor the America's bicentennial, they replaced the right blue stripe in their helmet with a red stripe for some games. So the stripe sequence was from right to left, red-white-blue.

Apparently, the Cowboys will finally wear a throwback helmet in 2004 for the team's traditional Thanksgiving Day game, perhaps similar to their original 1960 - 1963 design above.


NEW YORK GIANTS

1940s - 1960 1961 - 1974; 1975
1994 special
1976 - 1980 1981 - 1999 2000 - present

The Giants have played in the NFL since 1925, one of the longest-running franchises in NFL History. The current helmets use a metallic shade of blue, lighter than the navy shade used previously.


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

1950 - 1954 1955 - 1968 1969
1969 - 1973 1973 1974 - 1995
1996 - present 2007 special
 

The Eagles entered the NFL in 1933. Both green and white helmets were used in 1969. Green helmets were worn on the road, while white helmets were worn at home. In 1970, the Eagles began using the white helmets exclusively. Prior to 1950, the team wore green helmets with a very broad, gray center "feather" stripe. They wore a similar helmet as a throwback in 1994. I'll add this version soon.

There is growing evidence that the 1973 helmets above, with a clearly visible black outline on the wing, may have not been worn that year, if ever. Contributors have shared photos with me of more than one 1973 game which show the team wearing helmets similar to the design worn previously, from 1969 until 1972. However, the Helmet Hut (see the links page), who have provided NFL teams with throwback decals, insists on it's web site that the black-outline version was worn during the 1973 season. I suspect that the black outline decal was used for some, but not all games in 1973. In fact, if other teams of the period like the Dolphins are any indication, some players may have worn the black outline wings and others may have not, in the same game.

In 2007, the team will wear a special throwback helmet to celebrate the team's 75th anniversary.


WASHINGTON REDSKINS

1950 - 1953 1954 - 1956 1957 - 1958
1959 - 1964 1965 - 1969 1970 - 1971
 
  1972 - 1977 1982 1994 special
 
2002 special 1978 - 1981;
  1983 - present

The Redskins began play in Boston, MA, in 1932 before moving to Washington D.C. in 1937. The 1970-71 helmet was designed by Redskins head coach Vince Lombardi. He thought a helmet similar to the design his former team, the Green Bay Packers, used would help bring success to his new ball club on the field. Unfortunately, he would never see the helmet in action, as he passed away in September, 1970, before the regular season.

According to some sources, the 1982 helmet above was only worn by some players that year. Other players continued to wear the "straight" feather version that is still used today. The 2002 special helmet was worn during home games, while the regular helmet was worn on the road.

I have at at least one other helmet variation left to add -- an early 60's helmet with a center stripe resembling a feather. So far it's proven somewhat difficult to draw to my satisfaction.


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