Falcons

1966-69

This red Falcons helmet is in the Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar sets. It has gold, black, and white stripes. Notice the ‘floating’ feather stripes in the wing.

1970-77

In 1970, the gold stripe was removed. This helmet is available in the Throwback Series 2 and Throwback NFL 1969 2-bar sets. The feather stripes in the wing are still ‘floating.’

1978-83

Atlanta switched to a white facemask in 1978. Otherwise, the helmet is the same. No official pocket pro exist for this style.

1984, 1986-89

In 1984, the facemask was changed to black. No official pocket pro exist for this style.

1985

A close look at the feather lines in the 1985 helmet reveals two small differences:

  1. Connected feather lines. In previous helmets, the feather lines did not touch the wing, or were ‘floating.’ In 1985, the lines were connected to the wings. The custom photos below show the feather lines touching the wing.
  2. Vertical white line between bird and head/claw. The 85 custom helmet pictured below displays the logo with the white line. The actual helmet is displayed below. A corrected pocket pro helmet will be displayed later.

Game photo from Chris Lukas, A Closer Look at Falcons’ Helmets Inconsistencies, Feb. 2016

1990-96

Atlanta switched to the black helmet in 1990. The feather lines do not touch the wing in this version. Riddell did not make a pocket pro in this style. The photo below is a custom Revolution style helmet.

1997-2002

This helmet is in the original pocket pro sets. In this version, the falcon’s feather wings touch the wing.

2003-present

The present Falcons helmet is in the original, revolution, and speed sets.

Pocket Pro Helmet Checklist

  • 1966-69Red helmet, gold/black/white stripes, “floating” feather stripes
    • Throwback Series 1 (original style)
    • Throwback 2-bar
  • 1970-77Red helmet, black/white stripes, “floating” feather stripes
    • Throwback Series 2 (original style)
    • Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar
  • 1997-2002: Black helmet, connected feather stripes, black facemask
    • Original (97, 99)
    • Chrome (original style)
  • 2003-presentBlack helmet, modern falcons logo
    • Chrome (original style)
    • Original (03)
    • Revolution
    • Speed

Other Atlanta Falcons Helmets

These pocket pro helmets were not officially made by Riddell. They only exist as custom helmets.

  • 1978-83Red helmet, floating feather stripes, white facemask
  • 1984, 86-89Red helmet, floating feather stripes, black facemask
  • 1985Red helmet, connected feather stripes, black facemask
  • 1990-96Black helmet, floating feather stripes, black facemask

Falcons Helmet History