As we continue our Power Rankings series, it’s time to look beyond the player and examine what’s wrapped around his head.
Ranking the Helmets
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 2. Indianapolis Colts
3. Oakland Raiders 4. Green Bay Packers
5. San Diego Chargers 6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Minnesota Vikings 8. Cleveland Browns
9. Chicago Bears 10. Miami Dolphins
Let’s blow the lid off this NFL helmet caper, shall we?
The NFL helmet has long been an obsession. Whether it’s the unmistakable star of the Dallas Cowboys, the beyond-the-gridiron meaning in Pittsburgh or the great helmet–change fiasco in San Francisco in the early 1990s, the NFL has been all about the helmet. After all, in football, we don’t look at faces, we look at logos.
Come on, who hasn’t spent a Saturday afternoon feeding countless quarters into a gumball machine full of worthless plastic all in the name of getting a complete set of NFL helmets?
So, we put our artistic eyes together (with the courtesy of professional help) and came up with our top 10 NFL helmets. Consensus? No, not even close. In a 2011 Power Rankings record, 26 lids collected votes. Eye of the beholder, folks.
Interestingly, two of the six teams that got no lid love received kudos from our guest judge. I’d take her word over mine. You should see what I’m wearing right now. Think John Belushi in "Animal House." Then take it down a few notches.
We’ve had our battles this spring when it came to ranking players, coaches and owners, but this task has to be the most subjective of all. It’s vanilla or chocolate. Or, in this case, purple or red.
Still, there were several helmets -- traditional teams seemed to catch the imagination -- that received more votes than others.
Fittingly, the winning helmet is of a team that has been scoring big during this entire series: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The black helmet received 50 voting points, cruising to an easy win. Second-place Indianapolis, and its famous horseshoe, received 41 points.