Hall of Honor Features AFL Helmet History

Posted Jul 3, 2014

The Bills have featured both a standing and charging buffalo in their helmet design

A colorful exhibit of AFL helmets of the league’s original eight teams opens this summer at the Arrowhead Stadium Hall of Honor.  Included in the exhibition are five helmets worn by the Buffalo Bills.

1960: Bill owner Ralph Wilson patterned his first helmet after the Detroit Lions, his hometown team, in colors of Columbia blue and silver.

1962: Silver gave way to the “standing buffalo” on a white helmet.

1965: The helmet now featured blue stripes with numbers on back. QB Jack Kemp wore this style helmet in leading the Bills to AFL championships.

1974: The buffalo moved from a standing position to one charging. The club returned to this look in 2011.

1984:  The helmet color moved to red with a white face mask.

The AFL helmet exhibition opens this summer and runs throughout the current NFL season into 2015.

Next week: Houston Oilers.

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