New Orleans Saints with Black Helmets in 1969
Billy Kilmer drops back to pass against the Houston Oilers in 1969 preseason action. He wears an "illegal" version of a Black New Orleans Saints Helmet.
Saints Owner John Mecom Jr. went against NFL regulations at the start of the 1969 preseason and supplied his team with black helmets that had not been approved by league officials.
By the beginning of regular season play the sanctioned gold helmets were back on the field.