National Football League
American Football Conference - South Division
|HOUSTON TEXANS||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS|
2002 was the Houston Texans first season in the NFL. Prior to the October 2001 announcement that the team would be using blue helmets, a white helmet design had been seen on display at some of the team's media events, but this design was never used during any actual game (including preseason).
|1977 - 1994||1995 - 2003||November 25, 2004|
|*see note 1 below|
|August 15, 2010;
November 7, 2010
|1957 - 1976; 2004 -|
|*see note 2 below|
The Colts franchise was based in Baltimore, MD through the 1983 season. The blue color used on the helmets is reported to have been made slightly darker beginning in 2003, as compared with that which was used previously.
*1 This helmet design was worn during a Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit in 2004. The helmet featured two blue horseshoe decals on the back sides of the helmets (not visible from the viewpoint used at this web site); this was intended to resemble the helmets used by the team in 1956.
*2 Worn during a preseason game against San Francisco and a regular-season game at Philadelphia in 2010. This design feature two white horseshoes at the back of the helmet (not visible from this vantage point).
The Jaguars entered the league in 1995 and the current helmet design is the only one the team has ever used during any preseason or regular season game. Two earlier prototype designs which included silver helmet shells were never used on the field.
TENNESSEE TITANS including Houston/Tennessee Oilers
|1960 - 1963; 1994 special;
some games in 2009
|1964 - 1965||1966 - 1970|
|*See note 1 below|
|1971||1972 - 1974||1975 - 1980|
|*see note 2 below|
|1981 - 1998||1999 -|
|*see note 3 below|
This team was based in Houston, TX and known as the Oilers through the 1996 season. The team played 1997 in Memphis, TN and 1998 in Nashville, TN, as the Tennessee Oilers. For the 1999 season, the team was renamed the Tennessee Titans.
*1 The Tennessee Titans used this design during four games in 2009: August 9 (pre-season Hall of Fame game against Buffalo, played in Canton, OH); September 27 (at New York Jets); October 18 (at New England); and November 15 (vs Buffalo).
*2 On some of these 1971 helmets, during some games, a gap was present between the blue and red stripes, effectively creating an additional silver stripe.
*3 A decal partially incorporating the design of the state flag of Tennessee was worn on the lower right side of this helmet, towards the back, during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.