According to a INC.com story, a new helmet called the "Zero1", specifically engineered to soften blows to the head and limit concussions, will be utilized by most NFL teams as soon as next season.
So far, 25 of 32 teams in the NFL have purchased the new Vicis helmets.
The helmet was officially approved by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) last year, allowing for NFL and NCAA use.
The new helmets mean players will not only look a bit different this year, but hits on the field will reportedly sound different. The Zero1 has a soft outer shell that deforms and crumples on contact, just like it is designed to do, Inc.com says.
Football fans are used to hearing a "cracking" sound when players collide helmet-to-helmet. Vicis' says their helmets make a "thud" sound during collisions.
33 helmets were tested by the NFL, but the Zero1 finished first. It finished ahead of 23 helmets from Riddell and Schutt Sports, two companies that currently account for a combined 90 percent of all football helmet sales.