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The Vikings Secondary Helmet Options

On Thursday, the NFL approved a second version of teams’ helmets for the 2022 season.

For example, the Tennessee Titans can don the Houston Oilers’ vintage oil derrick helmets if they choose. Tom Brady and the Tampa Buccaneers can break out the tan swashbuckler guy.

As for the Minnesota Vikings, the news is a bit ho-hum. While the team can tweak a few things like gloss type or facemask color, one of the calling cards of the franchise is the patented white horns on the helmet — that never deviate.

Here’s a pictorial history of Vikings helmets.

1960s Helmet
Image by Heritage Auctions.

The skimpy double bar from the 1960s. That won’t be back for safety reasons.

1970s Helmet
Image by Heritage Auctions.

Virtually no change hit the 1970s when the Vikings were actually getting to Super Bowls.

1980s Helmet
Image Courtesy of VSA Auctions.

The facemask color switched to purple from gray/white in the 1980s as Tommy Kramer commanded the enterprise. Now, the facemasks are black, so this could be a variation change if Vikings ownership is inclined.

1990s Helmet
Image Courtesy of Worth Point.

The 1990s continued to endorse the glossy finish, and many of you reading this article were introduced to the team during this decade. The facemasks remained purple.

2000s Helmet
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Mewelde Moore (above) sported the 2000s helmets, gloss and all. These uniforms, too, are frequently clamored for by Vikings fan — the white with yellow shoulders stripes.

Adrian Peterson
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

And then a switch to the matte finish of the helmet of the 2010s — the current version. Peek at Moore versus Adrian Peterson in the photos above to see the difference.

Now — the enhanced safety helmet with black facemask and matte.

2020 VIkings Helmet
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Only those obsessed with the team will notice the change of the helmet if the Vikings choose to join in on the 2022 festivities. That’s the “price” for remaining consistent helmet-wise of 60 years.

There’s goofy stuff though, chiefly derived from artists of photoshoppers.

Image Courtesy of Pinterest.

A lot going on there.

Image Courtesy of Pinterest.

If the Vikings played in the Arena League.


Image Courtesy of Amazon.

The whiteout effect.

Official Minnesota Vikings Helmets, Vikings Collectible, Autographed, Replica, Mini Helmets |
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This one, for sale on, probably has a reasonable chance to be explored (mainly because it is sold on the league’s website).

Official Minnesota Vikings Helmets, Vikings Collectible, Autographed, Replica, Mini Helmets |

This one is also for sale on

Here are some of the nostalgic uniforms to pair with the sleek helmets.

Image Courtesy of Heritage Sports Art.

If no resolution for a secondary helmet is met, the Vikings can resort to their true throwback helmets.


We kid, we kid.

The most realistic avenue, if the Vikings partake, is probably a throwback to the glossy helmet days, with a side dish of the white facemask. Here’s Tommy Kramer again sporting the look:

Tommy Kramer
Image Courtesy of Twitter.

Otherwise, the team would change the helmet somewhat drastically for the first time in history.

Dustin Baker

Writer. Host of Bleav in Vikings Podcast w/B-Mac & Baker.

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1 month ago

They are called the purple and gold but the gold is yellow. I always thought a gold helmet like Notre Dame employs would be a little better and then just stick with the white horns. If you want to address the rest of the uniform a gold jersey with white pants of course purple and gold stripes down the sides of the pants. It could be a great alternate uniform.

Scott Rood
Scott Rood
1 month ago

I say leave it alone. Can’t hardly tell college football teams these day s…

Lance C Uidenich
Lance C Uidenich
1 month ago

Who cares as long as they win

Davi Gol
Davi Gol
1 month ago

The first helmet is the only true version.

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