Why Does Patrick Mahomes Wear His Helmet So High, and Why Is It So Big?

While Patrick Mahomes has an unusual play style, he also has an unusual helmet. Why is his helmet so big and worn high?

Super Bowl LVIII is here, and, once again, Patrick Mahomes is in it. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will face off in the final game of the 2023 season.

With Mahomes in the spotlight once again, so is his equipment choice. Why does he wear his helmet so high?

Why Is Patrick Mahomes’ Helmet So Big and High?

Mahomes usually wears a Riddell SpeedFlex helmet. The dimensions of the helmet exceed a normal NFL helmet, and a big reason why is safety. At quarterback, Mahomes and other quarterbacks see lots of strong, aggressive tackles that can lead to concussions and other head injuries. The SpeedFlex is listed as one of the safer helmets available.

However, when it comes to wearing his helmet so high, he does it because it used to slip into his eyes. Eventually, he decided to raise it higher than usual to improve his vision of the field and improve his game as a whole.

Mahomes helmet has long been noticed by fans, but it especially came into question in the Chiefs’ Wild Card victory over the Miami Dolphins. During the game, which was seeing sub-zero temperatures, Mahomes’ helmet suffered a hit that, well, broke a piece off of the helmet.

After the helmet endured the damage, Mahomes played a couple more snaps before being stopped by officials and given a new helmet in between plays. “Extreme conditions like those are bound to test the limits of even the highest-performing products,” Certor Sports said.

Certor Sports made the Helmet that Mahomes was wearing — a VICIS ZERO2. The game was minus four degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff, with wind gusts of more than 25 mph. Those numbers made the game the fourth-coldest game in NFL history. “It was a first for me,” said Mahomes on the helmet breaking.

The VICIS ZERO2 helmet uses multilayer technology to create a “deformable outer shell,” the company said. It is wrapped around a stiffer inner shell and is designed similarly to a car bumper. The ZERO2 line has models for both linemen and quarterbacks and held the top five spots in testing by the NFL and NFLPA in 2023.

“It is unusual for a football helmet to crack a shell, but we’ve had occurrences here in the lab, and we generally test at ambient temperature,” said Barry Miller, who directs the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. However, despite it looking bad, the helmet “did its job” in protecting Mahomes.

Despite having a different helmet than most, Mahomes is still one of the best ever to do it. In his short career, he’s passed for 28,424 yards, 219 touchdowns, and 63 interceptions. He’s won multiple MVPs, Super Bowl MVPs, MVPs, and many more awards. Now, he looks to solidify himself in the conversation for THE greatest of all time.

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Super Bowl LVIII kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will call the game, with Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter. Additionally, the game can be streamed on Paramount+.

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