Football is back! And as we begin the painful march from training camp to preseason to (whenwillitgetherepleaseletitgethere) the actual NFL season, it’s the time to start observing trends and consistencies that will shape our favorite teams for months to come.
There is one thing that’s as ubiquitous in August as an Arian Foster injury or a non-conference scrimmage brawl. Yes, I’m talking about the training camp bucket hat, a staple in the hot sun for the past few years.
Once a fashion faux pas reserved for the likes of Gillian and J.J. from good times, the bucket hat has emerged as the headpiece of choice for hardworking players. And although almost every team rocked the buckets this year, some did it with just more style and flair than the rest.
First, some fun facts –
Bucket hats have been around since the early 1900s, mostly for soldiers, but did not become a fashion item until adopted by women in the 1960s. The 1980s saw the emergence of bucket hats as street fashion, then rap culture and finally the football field. They are commonly referred to as Dixie Cup Hats in the Navy!
Now, to the good stuff. Let’s see who wore the bucket hat best, vs. who got taken for a three hour tour.
Note the lack of chin strap. A little added protection, and perhaps things could have turned out a little differently.
Photo – Robert Sabo, NY Daily News