Antonio Brown really wants to play in a Schutt Air Advantage helmet.
Last week, Brown made a big fuss about wearing his preferred and even threatened to retire if the NFL didn’t allow him to wear it.
The crux of the issue is that Brown’s helmet is over 10 years old and cannot be certified under the league’s current helmet policy.
An arbitrator has already ruled against Brown in his case against the NFL but his team has found a loophole that would allow him to wear his preferred helmet next season.
PFT has confirmed with a source close to the situation that the NFL, the Raiders and Brown’s representatives have been in contact, and that the NFL has approved Brown wearing the helmet model he wants — the Schutt AiR Advantage — if he finds a helmet that fits him and is less than 10 years old.
Schutt stopped making the AiR Advantage in 2011, and Brown’s helmet is more than 10 years old. But there are AiR Advantage helmets out there that are eight or nine years old, and if Brown can find one that fits him properly and is in good condition, the league will let him wear it, the source said.
Right now, the source said, Brown and his representatives have not found an AiR Advantage helmet that is less than 10 years old. But they’re hoping to. Anyone who has one may be able to get a pretty penny from Brown for it.
Today, Brown asked fans to help find a Schutt Air Advantage helmet made after 2010.
Fans were not impressed by Brown’s reward.