'Tis the season of NFL helmet and uniform unveilings, and the Carolina Panthers set the internet on fire Tuesday when they introduced their new alternate helmet.
It's matte black, with two teal stripes running down the center and the team logo outlined in teal on the sides.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 19, 2022
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 19, 2022
The helmet will be paired with their all-black color rush uniforms, and the whole ensemble looks sleek and more panther-like than before.
▪️ 𝕴𝖙'𝖘 𝖆𝖑𝖜𝖆𝖞𝖘 𝖇𝖊𝖊𝖓 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖊 ▪️ pic.twitter.com/NhfRHspmtT
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 19, 2022
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 19, 2022
Several Panthers players are hyped about the new headwear, and with good reason: wearing the black uniform with the black helmets helps them get into a different kind of competition mode.
"Sometimes guys tap into an alter ego depending on what they're wearing," DE Brian Burns said via Panthers.com. "Whenever a team wears all black, or black accessories, it just brings out that dog in them, the evil side.
"When I saw this, I was like, 'This will be tough.' Especially on defense, they call us the dark side anyway, so it brings it all together."
The helmets with the black uniforms debut on Nov. 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, and safety Jeremy Chinn, who had to keep the new helmets a secret from all his teammates, knows they'll make a difference in how everyone feels going into that game.
"Oh yeah, it matters. It sets the tone," Chinn said. "Guys will be fired up, for sure. I know fans have wanted it for a long time.
"The all-black is one of my favorite uniforms anyway. So this is like the icing on top."
As Chinn said, fans have wanted a black helmet for awhile now. And now that it's a reality, they've fallen head-over-heels for it.
You crazy SOBs, you actually did it!
— Russell Varner (@rvarner) July 19, 2022
Going through a kidney stone today and seeing this news made me smile thank you Panthers!
— Pain (@PainDecayed) July 19, 2022
This is super dope.
— Adam Rank (@adamrank) July 19, 2022
I already had tickets to this game but now the hype is even greater 🔥🔥🔥
— Dylan Scheller (@DylanScheller) July 19, 2022
Brrruuuuuhhhh!!!! 🔥🔥🔥doesn’t begin to describe these!!!!!
— Jonathan Bass (@Bass_JL) July 19, 2022
The fans love it, but what do you think? Pass or fail?