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NFL to repeal rule preventing Patriots from wearing ‘Pat Patriot’ returns


FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 21: Devin McCourty # 32 of the New England Patriots reacts after a touchdown against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

After eight seasons away from the game, a New England football legend could be on the verge of making a comeback. And while no, he’s not a player, he’s an individual that most Patriots fans know well.

Thursday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL has approved teams using alternative helmet shells, starting in 2022. This new approval revokes the “one-shell rule” that was implemented prior to the 2013 season.

The “one-shell rule” limited teams to one helmet shell per season (decals and face shield could be changed from week to week) for player safety. Also, at the time, some players were using old-fashioned helmet designs that teams were struggling to get their hands on. With the NFL now banning the use of older helmets, supply is no longer an issue.

With the lifting of the “One Shell rule”, the Patriots are now able to bring back their classic white helmets emblazoned with the “Pat Patriot” logo – and the accompanying red jersey. It’s something the team suggested doing last year, when they unveiled their first new uniforms in 20 years. The team included a pledge in the release, stating “We recognize that fans have an affinity for the ‘returning’ red uniform as well and we hope to incorporate it into our uniform rotation going forward.”

In addition to helmets with the Pat Patriot logo, the team can also bring back their first helmets, worn only in their inaugural season in 1960. This look featured a tricorn hat, with the player’s number underneath.

Will the Patriots use this new helmet flexibility to revive an old uniform? Or create a new look that fans haven’t seen before? If they opt for the classic route, they will have a number of options to choose from. Here’s a look at the entire history of the team’s uniform, ranked from worst to first.

UPDATE: Teams will have until July 31, 2021 to notify the league of alternative helmets for 2022, according to Washington Post’s Mark Maske.

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