Saturday, March 1, 2014

Panthers’ helmets reflect both brand’s past, franchise’s bright future

The Michigan Panthers will begin life in the A11 Professional Football League next spring with a sense of both nostalgia and forward thinking, thanks to its three (so far) helmet concepts.

“When we started this design project, we knew the Panthers helmet was a special case,” said Steve Humphries, A11FL Co-Founder/Vice President of Advanced Media. “The goal is always to improve a design, but the special challenge with this one is creating a modern design for a new football league while at the same time satisfying everyone’s opinion that the Michigan Panthers’ helmets was one of the best of all time.”

Michigan’s team colors are royal plum, light blue, champagne silver and white. The team’s primary helmet is champagne silver with a royal plum and light blue logo and royal plum face mask.

“It’s the classic, pure Panthers,” said James M. Kuty, Founder of Kuty Kreative out of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. “Gives me chills looking at it, knowing I was part in reviving such a revered brand.”

The Panthers’ Blue Steel helmet is light blue with a royal plum and champagne silver logo and royal plum face mask.

“It still has the classic look but with a modern twist,” Kuty said. “Taking the secondary color light blue is bold, daring and fun. That what this league is about!”

Michigan’s Frostbite helmet is white with a royal plum and light blue logo and white face mask.

“Well, the Frostbite helmet has described our winter here in the Midwest - snowy and chilly,” said Kuty. “Another great modern take of combining the geographic area and the Panthers brand.”

“The simplicity of Kuty’s design enables slight adjustments in the color arrangements to optimize the Panther logo for each color helmet,” Humphries said. “That’s the genius of the modernization that helps take the new Panthers brand to the next level.”

Dusty Sloan is the A11 Professional Football League’s Senior Editor/Vice President of Editorial Content.


  1. The return of the ppanthers name will help this team make out wonderfuly.I can not wait for 2015.

  2. How is A11 going to deal with the NFL on this name choice, the Carolina Panthers will likely claim trademark on a football team named "Panthers"

  3. Dan, the NFL has the trademark for the "Carolina Panthers," and the A11FL has the trademark for the "Michigan Panthers." The trademarks include both parts of the name, not just the nickname.

  4. All the more reason to use real helmet and names in Showcase. No one wants the generic names and unis.