Antonio Brown has accepted the fact that he cannot continue to wear the helmet he has worn throughout his entire NFL career, and he is now asking fans for help finding him a new one.
Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday morning and described a very specific model of helmet he is on the lookout for. If someone can find one for him, he said he will trade them an autographed Oakland Raiders helmet that he wore during practice.
"I'm looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange I will trade a signed practice worn @Raiders helmet."
— AB (@AB84) August 13, 2019
The issue with Brown’s old helmet is that it is a model that was manufactured more than 10 years ago. The NFL’s equipment policy states that players cannot wear helmets that aren’t certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment, and the NOCSAE does not certify helmet models that are more than 10 years old for safety reasons. If Brown can find a similar helmet that was manufactured in the last 10 years, he should be safe for at least another season.
No player in NFL history has ever made more of their headgear. Brown supposedly threatened to retire at one point if the NFL would not let him keep wearing the same helmet, but he lost his grievance on Monday and said he will report to the Raiders. Tom Brady is another player who has to wear a new model of helmet in 2019, though the Patriots quarterback made light of his own situation.