The new helmet encompasses a forward-facing emblem, and far thought was positioned into that call.

“The emblem will most likely be a well-liked matter of the helmet,” Downs stated. “While we do not use this emblem rather a lot, the eyes are very iconic to the gameday expertise. Our gamers run out for intros underneath the eyes. We felt prefer it was time to provide this emblem a little bit shine, if you’ll.

“Our followers love the protect. I do know that will likely be one of many in style feedback, ‘Why not the protect?’ But with the present uniform, we have the protect proper on the sleeve. The protect’s already prominently there. This one made lots of sense to carry to the forefront on the helmet.”

The gold face masks and gold talon stripes have been added to provide the helmet a signature look.

“It wasn’t all the time (going to be) gold,” Downs stated. “We had a black facemask. We had purple facemask choices with black helmets. When we landed on the colour rush, it made it a no brainer to carry that gold facemask.”

Downs was happy when he noticed how excited gamers have been once they noticed the helmet.

“Seeing the gamers’ response was fairly cool,” Downs stated. “Slightly little bit of validation, since you by no means know. There’s going to be folks that wished a white model, that wished a unique black model, possibly wished a gold model. It’s a bit validating to see their response, it is cool.”