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Worst Football Helmets You’ve Never Seen

Some of the worst NFL helmet designs.

As we discovered in our list of the coolest football helmet designs you’ve never seen… You’ll find it right next to this article…. there is a flip side to that coin. While there are some helmet designs, especially as you filter your way down to some of the smaller schools and arena leagues…. more so if you take the time to look back in time… that are absolute works of art, there are also some that fall on the other end of the spectrum.

Some are just plain ugly. Don’t get upset if you find your team on this list… as a Packers fan, I can tell you that our yellow helmets with a boring @ss G on them aren’t exactly an artistic masterpiece. But the truth is some of them are just… bad. Some look like they were drawn by a four year old; scroll on down, you’ll see what I mean. Look at the Florida State sample down there; while the spear they currently use is one of the best helmets in all of football in my opinion, the one down there…. yeah, it’s bad.

Some go beyond that; some you look at the finished product, and you find yourself asking…. who in the hell saw this and thought “Yup. Our team needs to parade this in front of a crowd?”

Join us on this trip as well… a look at some of the worst helmet designs you’ve never seen.

The first group are helmets from up north in Canada… and oddly, nearly every team up there has a representative on our list.

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NFL Worst Ever Helmet Designs.

Saskatchewan Roughriders
It’s hard to tell if this is a helmet or a Christmas ornament.

Montreal Alouettes
I have no idea what an Alouette is. This helmet does nothing to change that.

Toronto Argonauts
A team named after a mythological character and they turned a football into a boat.

Winnepeg Blue Bombers
Did they splatter paint this thing?

Arena football teams

Now on to Arena football teams. I had no idea how many of them there are and have been… but I can tell you they aren’t afraid to push the artistic envelope with helmet designs. This has produced some of the coolest helmets you’ll see….

And some of the God awful worst.

Birmingham Brigade
Not sure how squiggly likes = Brigade.

Daytona Beach Thunderbirds
Is that bird dead??

South Georgia Wildcats
The wildcat looks more like a lion.

College Football Worst Helmets

Now onto College football… we start with the FBS schools. Not just current, but helmets they’ve sported in the past.

Temple Owls
It isn’t just that it’s an owl… it’s that the owl looks like it has rabies.

Tulane Green Wave
Why is the wave green? And why is it so… Cartoon-ish?

Florida State Seminoles
This looks like one of those bad tattoos some people get when they’re young. Done by a drunk guy.

Virginia Tech Hokies
Tech has had some amazing helmets over time. This is not one of them.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
This is what happened when they got creative in the 70s.

Maryland Terrapins
The Terps were one of the first BCS schools to go batsh*t crazy with helmet design, and it was terrible. Like they tried to cram as much as they could into it.

Michigan State Spartans
Sparty’s logo today is one of the cooler versions of this theme. This earlier version was awful.

Minnesota Golden Gophers
Another stupidly cartoonish logo


Northwestern Wildcats
Someone thought this was cool calligraphy, maybe.  They were wrong.

Baylor Bears
Why is the stupid little grumpy bear wearing a sailor’s hat?

Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones’ helmet had a cardinal instead of a cyclone because… one of their colors is ‘cardinal’.  Um?

Kansas Jayhawks
Is a Jayhawk an actual thing?  And do they actually look like that??

Charlotte 49ers
Another just silly cartoon logo


FIU Panthers
It looks like the 80’s threw up on this helmet.

North Texas Mean Green
I think it’s a bird?  Drawn by a kid.

UTEP Miners
What is the Miner riding?

Louisville Cardinals

Bowling Green Eagles

Boise State Broncos

Arizona Wildcats

Appalachian State Mountaineers

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Some of the most historic programs… Ohio State, Penn State, and the Irish, have boring, single color helmets.  Sometimes it’s interesting  when they experiment.  This one, however?  Just a very bad idea.

FCS Worst Football Helmets

Now on to the smaller schools of the FCS.  If you’re a big sports fan you’ve no doubt heard many of these names, most likely more so because of their basketball teams.  

Sacramento State Hornets
Who decided to send their team out with the word “sac” on their helmet?  Too close to “sack” for me.

North Alabama Lions
Purple with random stars?  The Lions?

Northern Iowa Panthers
It’s kind of a Seahawks ripoff… there are a surprising number of teams who use that design.  But this one just sucks.

Fordham Rams
A candy cane?  Barber pole?

Dayton Flyers
The little loopy thing on the Y just annoys me.

The Citadel Bulldogs
Just… the Dogs.  Now look at the next team.

Western Carolina Catamounts
So…. the Cats vs. The Dogs… and they were in the same conference, so that happened.  Yes, I checked.  And looked for video of it.  There was none.  God, but that would have been a hilarious game to watch.

Lamar Cardinals
There are an odd number of teams called the Cardinals with ugly helmet designs.  This might be the worst.

Division ii Worst Football helmets

And now on to Division II… A lot of schools I had never heard of.  But it seems like in a lot of cases, the more obscure the school, the more willing they are to be creative here.

Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas
So a Javelina is a terrifying pig thing in a golf cap?

Central Arkansas Mules

Washburn Ichabods

Notre Dame College Falcons

Minnesota-Morehead Dragons
Worst. Dragon. Ever.

Upper Iowa Peacocks.
A peacock in a graduation hat.  Yeah


Division iii worst football helmets

And finally… our Division III schools… the ones you only know of if you live near them.

Trinity Bantams
Is a Bantam a bird in a baseball cap?

Allegheny Gators

Marietta Pioneers

Wilmington Quakers
What even is that?

Buena Vista Beavers
This beaver looks like an otter!

Nebraska Weslyan Prairie Wolves
Why are the Prairie Wolves rocking the Wonder Woman logo?

Nebraska Weslyan Prairie Wolves
Why are the Prairie Wolves rocking the Wonder Woman logo?

Westminster Blue Jays
I don't know what that is, but I do know it's not a blue jay.

Westminster Blue Jays
I don’t know what that is, but I do know it’s not a blue jay.

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