Drew Brees on new helmet: ‘It looks like I’m going to Mars’
Drew Brees is among a handful of NFL players who were forced to stop wearing their preferred helmet due to a new policy implemented by the league ahead of the 2019 season. While the New Orleans Saints quarterback is getting more comfortable with his new helmet, he nevertheless believes it looks a bit odd.
Brees’ preferred helmet of choice was a Riddell VSR-4 with a OPO-DW facemask. He has now switched to the Riddell Precision Fit SpeedFlex with a SF-2BD facemask to fall in line with NFL rules concerning which helmets are permissible and which ones are not.
Brees — along with fellow NFL stars Antonio Brown, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, among others — had no choice but to find a new helmet as his previous one did not comply with new NFL standards. In total, 32 players reportedly wore helmets last season that don’t fulfill the league’s new helmet safety requirements.
The Saints signal-caller, who once referred to new helmet styles as “alien-looking,” actually transitioned to his new helmet last summer. He says it “feels good,” albeit with one caveat.
“It was more so the fact that it just looks like I’m going to Mars instead of playing a football game, you know?” Brees said, via The Times-Picayune.
He added later: “Feels good, just looks weird.”
Unlike Brown, who fought the NFL on the helmet issue but ultimately lost his appeal, Brees seems to be taking a pragmatic approach to the issue, one previously espoused by Brady: It is what it is and there’s not much you can do about it.
“Worry about things you can control,” Brees said. “I didn’t really control that one, right? They were outlawing it. They scan your head and they do all this fancy stuff. And I figure if it’s going to help protect me a little bit more then that’s probably a good thing.”