By Brian Murphy, Sports WriterThe NFL’s new rule prohibiting helmets with “Tote Bag” logos on them is the first step toward a return to helmets with traditional logos, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Associated Press.
The NFL will now allow the “Totem Bag” logo to be used on helmets with the traditional logo.
The league will not allow helmets with a “Tog Bag” or “Tow Bag” branding on them.
The rule is similar to that proposed in January by the NFLPA, which would allow helmet sponsorships to use the traditional logos on helmets.
The rules change will apply to all NFL players as well as to current and former players who are retired or have left the league.
Aiello said the league is reviewing the proposed rule, which was submitted to the NFL Players Association in early January, to determine if it should go forward.
If so, it would take effect for the 2018 season.
The new rule would allow the league to allow helmets to have the “Rookie of the Year” logo, which has been used since 1989.
Aiellos plan for the rule would not be released at this time.
The proposal was made in response to a petition by the National Football League Players Association, which claimed that the helmet sponsor could have chosen to use an “Rook” logo on the helmet instead of the traditional “R.”
The petition said the traditional NFL logo would have been more recognizable and less distracting.NFL spokesman Greg Gumbel said the new rule is a good start and a step in the right direction.
“We are very pleased that the players are embracing this proposal,” Gumbell said.
“The change is in line with the NFL’s position on protecting the integrity of the game and we will continue to listen to and support the players as we make the transition.”
The NFLPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.