In a recent announcement, the Chicago Bears unveiled their new alternate orange helmet that will be worn during two games of the 2022-23 season.
Similar to the traditional navy blue helmet, the alternate orange helmet will have the traditional wishbone ‘C’ helmet decal but it will be navy blue with a white keyline and the facemask will also be navy blue.
The orange helmet will debut on Thursday, October 13 at Soldier Field when the Bears host the Washington Commanders. This new alternate orange helmet design marks the first time in team history that the primary color of the Bears helmet is anything other than the traditional navy blue.
“We believe we have the best uniforms in sport, certainly among the most iconic. So, we’re not looking to overhaul it. We just want to make enhancements to the existing look from time to time and we think this is a great enhancement,” said Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey.
“I’m very excited for this modification. I like that it’s staying within the traditional Bears look. We’re excited about them and hope the fans will be too.”
To see the new alternate orange helmets live in game action, fans can purchase tickets now for the October 13 game versus the Commanders by visiting ChicagoBears.com/Tickets.
Fans who attend the October 13 game will receive a collectable NFT to commemorate the occasion. Only fans who scan their mobile tickets for entry will be eligible to claim and receive the NFT.
The Bears will wear the alternate orange helmets twice in 2022 and both times it will be with the alternate orange jersey and traditional white pants. In addition to October 13 vs. Washington, the Bears will also wear the alternate orange jersey and alternate orange helmet combination at Dallas on Sunday, October 30.
In previous years, the NFL did not permit teams to wear alternate helmets, with the league requiring teams to use one set of helmets for an entire season.
In 2021, the NFL announced it has relaxed that rule starting with this season and the Bears now join several other teams across the league unveiling an alternate helmet design for the 2022 season.
The Bears will announce the team’s full season uniform schedule at a later date.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.