Why Cowboys' helmets have a red stripe on 'Sunday Night Football' vs. Colts

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The Dallas Star and Stripes will look a little bit different Sunday night — and it's in honor of the Stars and Stripes.

The Cowboys have one of the most iconic uniform looks across the NFL, and while there have been minor changes and facelifts here and there, the single star and the stripes have remained on their lids.

On Sunday night against the Colts, they're going with a small change by revisiting a look they've used in the past: A single red stripe on the helmet in addition to the customary white and blue stripes.

Why do the Cowboys' helmets have a red stripe?

As part of Dallas' "Salute to Service" game, the Cowboys are honoring the U.S. armed forces as well as Medal of Honor recipients at AT&T Stadium with the red, white and blue motif on their helmets.

It's the third time the Cowboys have gone to the alternate look. The first time was in 1976, and the team opted to use the same helmet design last season in Week 9.

"The red stripe on the helmet provides a beautiful ribbon to wrap around this salute to those who currently serve our country’s military, and the patriotic love and appreciation that we all share for those who came before them," Charlotte Jones said in 2021.

In 1976, Roger Staubach and the Cowboys wore the helmets for the duration of the season to celebrate the USA's bicentennial.