As ill-fated as the league in which it was introduced, the World Football League’s Washington Ambassadors franchise was introduced as hailing from four different locations before ever playing a single down. From the second of those destinations, this Washington Ambassadors helmet was used during the 1974 pre-season and stands among the most scarce gridiron artifacts from a league marked by poor preparation and premature doom. The blue plastic shell features logo decals, a “Riddell” snubber and a size “7-3/8” crown suspension. More on our website.
The helmet shows moderate use in the form of scuff marks about the shell’s exterior and a handwritten notation of “71” on the right side interior. Any use occurred during the pre-season, as evidenced by the “W” logos (used briefly during the team’s “Washington” identity). Originally dubbed the “Baltimore-Washington Ambassadors,” the team switched exclusively to the latter location, as former Colts star Johnny Unitas turned down the head coaching job, citing his contract with the San Diego Chargers. After Washington Redskins owner Edward Bennett Williams refused to let the Ambassadors use RFK Stadium, the franchise moved to Virginia, where it was discovered that owner E. Joseph Wheeler had little or no financing. The club was then purchased by Rommie Loudd, who moved the team to Orlando, Florida.