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Biggest obstacle on new pad rules are the looks


The NFL voted to make knee and thigh pads mandatory for next season in May. Since then, the biggest challenge selling players on it has been one of style, rather than safety.

NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson said in talking to players about the unpopular decision, it became clear the look was important.

For some players, they need to pass the mirror test,” Anderson said, via A.J. Perez of “They like to look good, look sleek. They want to move unencumbered. It was important for us to address the performance and the aesthetics of the new pads.”

Owners will be updated on the new rule today in Dallas. Player input was heard by Nike and Under Armour in designing new pads, which will add protection while maintaining mobility. That doesn’t mean players are going to like it.

“For over a year we have been getting input, including from players, on what the padding will be like,” Anderson said. “But starting in 2013, thigh and knee pads will be required, like they were before 1994.”

A 2010 survey showed that only 30 percent of players chose to wear padding on their legs, with skill position players more likely to pass.

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22 Responses to “Biggest obstacle on new pad rules are the looks”
  1. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 12, 2012 1:03 PM

    Or….. in the words of Billy Crystal’s ‘Fernando’ character, “Its better to look good than to feel good.”

  2. walker615 says: Dec 12, 2012 1:04 PM

    Players might not like it, but these seems like a reasonable safety measure, unlike others suggested recently (cough, eliminating kickoffs, cough).

  3. Nevis says: Dec 12, 2012 1:05 PM

    Jesus. Just put them on, get paid your millions, and play the damn game.

  4. fanofevilempire says: Dec 12, 2012 1:07 PM

    if it is mandatory why are the players worried about the look..


  5. heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says: Dec 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    God forbid the linemen look fat!

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    Football players can be such meatheads.

  7. bigdan7885 says: Dec 12, 2012 1:11 PM

    You gotta be freaking kidding me…

  8. shutupbrees says: Dec 12, 2012 1:13 PM

    The same players complaining about style will be the ones to sew the league in 20 years because they have arthritis in their legs

  9. CKL says: Dec 12, 2012 1:19 PM

    This is so irritating. How can the union go after the NFL for safety when a lot of its members are more worried about the looks of equipment than the effectiveness of it? SMH.
    How about players wear it and if they don’t wear ALL of it they sign off on any lawsuit related to their health…ever.

    I used to work in a maintenance department and we had ZERO choice about safety equipment. It was mandated by OSHA and they checked periodically. And if our managers caught us without, we could get that held against us. Oh wait…we didn’t have unions “PROTECTING” us from the law or rules in our workplace.

  10. ftcsubs says: Dec 12, 2012 1:29 PM

    I think that it is comical that the league is having lawsuits for player safety, but the players wont wear protective equipment because they need to look pretty. We all know there was the bounties going on, and the saints we involved, but you cant punish me because you did not inform me enough that it was illegal. I would be throwing this back into the faces of the people suing the NFL, we are trying to make the game safer, but its the players who do not want it.

  11. baywatchboy says: Dec 12, 2012 1:31 PM

    The same players who are bitching about the pads will be the first ones to complain or sue the NFL because of injuries they suffered from playing.

  12. silvestregonzalez74 says: Dec 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    I don’t get these guys,they care about the looks and not the safety.then 20 years from now they’ll sue the league for shot up knees!!!!!

  13. phuriousjorge says: Dec 12, 2012 1:34 PM

    Let’s face it…looks are a big part of the reason the NFL is cool, because the uniforms look good (ask any woman). Who wants to watch a bunch of Sumo wrestlers or whatever.

  14. poordanisinadroop says: Dec 12, 2012 1:50 PM

    Do they come in gold?

  15. dbarnes79 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:01 PM

    I don’t know what the problem is. Hockey players are pretty much covered from head to toe and football is much more physical then hockey.

  16. keaganmacdermid says: Dec 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    The FOAM thigh and knee pads do nothing other then possibly preventing some bruising.

  17. romoscollarbone says: Dec 12, 2012 2:03 PM

    It’s always boggled my mind, that guys who routinely get tackled around their thighs and knees don’t have padding there. Thigh and knee pads combined may weigh 10oz. Def not enough to slow a guy down.

    I’m glad the NFL brought this back. Missing 3 weeks with a deep thigh bruise is avoidable and dumb.

  18. dcviking says: Dec 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    looks like a manzierre…

  19. kane337 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    With all the knee injuries that occur every year they should require all players to wear knee braces.

  20. JSpicoli says: Dec 12, 2012 2:25 PM

    It is better to rook good than to feel good.


  21. sfm073 says: Dec 12, 2012 2:50 PM

    Knee and leg pads won’t protect you from torn acl’s and concussions.

  22. kenstabler says: Dec 12, 2012 2:58 PM

    I just don’t know how Apple is going to solve this one. I am selling my stock tomorrow.

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