Steelers

1933-49

The Steelers wore the following leather helmets between 1933 and 1949:

  • 1933-34 (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Plain brown leather helmet* or plain yellow leather helmet**
  • 1935-36 (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Yellow leather helmet with black wings
  • 1937 (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Yellow leather helmet with black stripes on top
  • 1938-42, 1945-49 – Plain yellow leather helmet
  • 1941 – Plain white leather helmet
  • 1942 – Plain black leather helmet
  • 1943 – Silver/Green helmet (as Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Steagles)
  • 1944 – Plain white helmet (as Pittsburgh-Chicago Card-Pitt)

*Bill’s Sports Map, **Gridiron Uniform Database

1950-61

Between 1950 and 1961, the Steelers wore three styles of helmets. Riddell did not officially manufacture a helmet for any of these styles. The photos are custom helmets.

1962

This gold helmet has the word “Steel” in the logo. It is in the Throwback Series 1 and Throwback 2-bar sets. The steelers also wore plain gold helmets during this season. Riddell did not manufacture pocket pros for this style.

For one playoff game in 1962 (1963 actually), Pittsburgh wore a black helmet with a yellow stripe and the “Steel” logo. There’s no pocket pro for this helmet.

1963-76 and 1977-present

The next Steelers helmet was black and changed the logo to read “Steelers” as opposed to “Steel.” The facemask remained grey. This helmet is in the Throwback Series 1, Throwback Series 2, Throwback NFC 1969 2-bar, and Throwback 2-bar sets. The 1969 helmet had “69” printed on the helmet.

In 1977, the Steelers changed the facemask changed from grey from black. This helmet is in the original, revolution, and speed sets.

The Steelers also wore a plain black helmet in 1994 as a throwback for one game. The team also periodically wore the 1962 gold helmet between 2007 and 2011. Interestingly, the Steelers only wore a plain black leather helmet for one game in 1942.

Steelers Pocket Pro Super Bowl Helmets

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

  • 1933-34 (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Plain brown leather helmet or plain yellow leather helmet
  • 1935-36 (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Yellow leather helmet with black wings
  • 1937 (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Yellow leather helmet with black stripes on top
  • 1938-42, 1945-49 – Plain yellow leather helmet
  • 1941 – Plain white leather helmet
  • 1942 – Plain black leather helmet
  • 1943 – Silver/Green helmet (as Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Steagles)
  • 1944 – Plain white helmet (as Pittsburgh-Chicago Card-Pitt)
  • 1950-52: Plain yellow helmet
  • 1953-56, 58-59, 62: Plain yellow helmet with black stripe
  • 1957-61: Plain yellow helmet with black stripe and black player number
  • 1962 (playoff game): Black helmet, “Steel” logo, grey facemask
  • 1994: Plain black helmet (one game as a throwback)