Back in mid-June, we got a big hint that the Cowboys were adding a second helmet color this season. The widespread assumption was that they’d be bringing back their white throwback helmet, and they made that official today by announcing that they’ll be wearing the white lid, along with navy throwback jerseys and white pants (as shown at the top of this page), for this year’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Giants.
The Cowboys made their NFL debut wearing white helmets in 1960 and continued wearing them through the 1964 preseason before switching to their now-familiar silver for the ’64 regular season. They then revived the white helmet as part of a throwback for their Thanksgiving game in 2005 and continued to wear it at least once per season (usually but not always on Thanksgiving) from then through 2012. The one-shell rule put an end to that streak in 2013.
I’m all in favor of the white helmet’s return on Turkey Day. Is there anyone out there who’s opposed to it?
The Cowboys are the ninth NFL team so far to add a second helmet color for 2022. The other eight are the Eagles (black alternate), Falcons (red throwback), Patriots (white throwback), Saints (black alternate), Commanders (black alternate), Texans (red alternate), Panthers (black alternate), and Giants (navy throwback). In addition, we know the Bengals will be unveiling a white alternate soon.
Update: Reader Kenny Kaplan notes that the last time the Giants wore white in Dallas, as they’ll do on Thanksgiving, was Dec. 1, 1963. This November’s game will look very much like that one did.