What’s in a helmet? For the New Orleans Saints, it’s a striking combination of a gold-and-black colorway and an iconic fleur-de-lis decal.
No team’s colorway is perhaps as iconic as that of the Saints, whose black and gold uniforms haven become woven into the very fabric of the NFL. NOLA’s style screams vintage, and coupled with the team’s storied history, the Saints rank right up there with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers as one of the most respectable and admirable sports franchises ever built.
New Orleans never veered too far away from their classic aesthetic, making only minor tweaks to their colors and designs over the years. One thing has stayed constant: the easily recognizable helmet that the team has donned in countless seasons prior and will don in 2022.
USA Today’s Christian D’Andrea ranked the league’s best helmet designs in 2022 and had the Saints at No. 3 overall:
"“Black and gold is a great combination and the fleur de lis is a lovely nod to New Orleans. Again, simpler is better.”"
Only two teams placed above the Saints, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. We can get behind the classic nostalgia of the Steelers helmets, but the Chargers ones don’t particularly impress us. A kid could close his eyes and still draw that lightning bolt design.
New Orleans Saints’ gold helmets are ranked third overall in the league
The Saints did make some waves earlier this summer when they unveiled newfangled slick black helmets featuring a black facemask, gold logo, and a patterned stripe.
The new black design was rolled out as an alternate helmet option (the league only recently approved a new rule allowing teams to wear alternate helmets in 2022), though it’s still unknown whether the black helmets will be trotted out for just one game or for multiple throughout the season.
As the saying goes: look good, play good. In 2022, NOLA will look to make a triumphant comeback into relevance with both new and old faces taking the field. There’s Jameis Winston and Tyrann Mathieu, who fans have not yet grown accustomed to seeing in black and gold, and then there’s Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, who have sported the distinguished fleur-de-lis for their entire NFL careers.
As the other saying goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.