One of the most well-received new uniform concepts Nike came up with for the Vols when they unveiled their uniforms for the 2015 season was their helmet design for the Smokey Gray alternate jerseys. The helmets were gray themselves and featured outlines of the Smoky Mountains on the back.
Well now those helmets have inspired another helmet creation.
Darrell Wallace Jr., otherwise known as Bubba Wallace, tweeted out an image of some new NASCAR helmets designed by BEAM Designs for the upcoming race at Bristol Motor Speedway. And the company nailed the design of the smokey gray helmets.
It only seems right when coming to Bristol! @BEAMdesigns killed on the smokey grey! @Vol_Football pic.twitter.com/LdJzWi4dgB
— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) April 15, 2016
There doesn’t appear to be any outline of the mountains on the back of the helmet, but the homage is clear.
Wallace recently went through a few drills of practice with the Vols football team during spring practice, and it appears he may have an affinity for the Smokey Gray ensemble.