Leather Helmets

See end of page for a listing of leather helmets.


Between 1950 and 1962, the Steelers wore three styles of helmets. Riddell did not officially manufacture a helmet for any of these styles. The photos are custom helmets.


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 the 1962 season (1963 actually), Pittsburgh wore a black helmet with a yellow stripe and the “Steel” logo. There’s no pocket pro for this helmet. This black helmet is a custom.

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 traditional, revolution, speed and chrome 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

Super Bowl 9

Super Bowl 10

Super Bowl 13

Super Bowl 14

Super Bowl 40 (with other super bowl 40 helmets)

Super Bowl 43


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

  • 1933-34 (Pittsburgh Pirates), 1938-42, 1945-49 (Steelers) – Leather wing front, yellow
  • 1935-36 (Pittsburgh Pirates) – Leather wing front, yellow/black
  • 1937 (Pittsburgh Pirates): Leather six strap, yellow/black
  • 1941: Leather six strap, white
  • 1942: Leather six strap, black