Vicis helmet makes its NFL debut

AP

There’s a new helmet in town, in pretty much every town that hosts an NFL team.

This year, the Vicis Zero1 will show up throughout the league. On Wednesday night, several Texans wore the $1,500 helmet, which has a flexible outer shell that gives with impact. Those using it included linebacker Brian Cushing, running back Lamar Miller, and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who along with Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin and Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith serve on the company’s advisory board, recently said he’ll wear the helmet during the preseason.

“It’s good,” Sherman told reporters earlier this week. “They’ve made the necessary adjustments, because last year, it was uncomfortable. It was a lot of pressure on the front of your head and things like that. There was no way you could wear it in the game and hit anybody. They’ve made the necessary adjustments. They’ve made it comfortable. I still haven’t had a chance to bang anybody like I need to, to really feel the changes, the difference between that helmet and the other helmet. But I’m looking forward to that.”

That will happen on Sunday night in L.A., when the Chargers host the Seahawks at the StubHub Center.

While no helmet can prevent all concussions, it’s good to see that companies are working to find ways to make the helmets more effective, without dramatically altering their look. Fans don’t want to see noticeable changes in football, which means that any equipment improvements must find a way to blend with the appearance of the gear that teams have been using since football emerged as the dominant sport in America.

10 responses to “Vicis helmet makes its NFL debut

  1. Sticking your head in a spongy, flexible helmet and/or the sand will not prevent the brain from bouncing around inside the skull or the impending demise of American football.

    Sorry… I love football… but… the game’s popularity is beginning to recede.

  2. The problem will always be a problem no matter what helmet you put on a player. Football is a dangerous sport and it’s not the wrong kind of equipment that causes the concussions and cte. It’s the brain being suspended in fluid and the sudden slamming of the brain against the inside of human skull that is causing the issue. Get rid of the sudden violent stops and you will reduce the problem, but good luck with that seeing as hitting and tackling are what the sport is all about.

  3. I remember watching a similar design on 60 minutes decades ago. It is long overdue. Energy absorption is the key to surviving a collision. Indianapolis changed their solid concrete walls to energy absorbing ones for good reason. Baseball helmets too need padding. Right now it is just a solid hard shell that provides little protection.

  4. Welcome to flag football or a new version of Rugby

    American football as we knew it in the 40/50/60’s has already been sissified to the point, those that played back then, think the current game is not nearly the same game. Now let’s add today’s press, lawsuits by players, and a litigious legal climate and you can kiss American football goodbye.😡

  5. Agree with many on here – if they reduce concussions, even marginally, they have to be used.

    Never understood with today’s technology why they can’t come up with a better solution.

  6. How much do you think the NFL will charge this company to allow teams to wear these new helmets? Especially if their effective and players want to use them.

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