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NFL Believes All Players Need Luxurious Pad
...........Protection, that is.
NFL encouraging players to add more padding
The NFL wants its players to add more padding in
The league will urge players to wear more knee,
thigh and hip protection this preseason with an eye
toward making the changes mandatory in 2011, said
Ray Anderson, the NFL 's Executive Vice President of
Many NFL players have abandoned knee, thigh and
hip pads to try to gain a speed edge. Many wide
receivers, defensive backs and linebackers wear
little more than helmets and shoulder pads.
But Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to make the
game safer for players — and help teams avoid man-
hours lost to otherwise preventable injuries. The
league also wants to set a safety example for college
and high school players, Anderson said.
The NFL will ask players from 12 of its 32 clubs
(from the East Coast to allow for easier access for
league personnel) to experiment with newer, lighter
knee, thigh and hip pads during training camps and
preseason games this summer. The players can use
the equipment during the regular season if they
The NFL rulebook recommends players wear knee,
hip and thigh pads, but only uniforms, helmets and
shoulder pads are mandatory.
"It's not mandated for 2010. But we anticipate we'll
need to mandate it going forward," Anderson said.
"We're not going to relinquish on player safety.
Particularly when we know we can prevent lost
workdays and help players stay on the field. That's
to their benefit and the club's benefit."
Spokesman George Atallah said the NFL Players
Association was aware of the initiative and working
with the league to get feedback from the players.
"The players union views this is as one of a number
of different health and safety items on the agenda,"
Bet none of the players have given up padding their Jockey's while cruisin' the bars.