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    Hmmm, I didn't notice Ram's Hodgins wearing this new hat at the SB. :nerd:

    NFL players to be offered Revolution-ary helmet

    March 4, 2002
    By Jay Glazer / Senior Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL players will soon have the option of taking on a different look that might start an entirely new "Revolution."

    A new, racecar-type helmet called the "Revolution" has recently been introduced to NFL teams as an alternative to the current helmet. In fact, the new model will offer the first significant structural changes in an NFL player's headgear in nearly 25 years.

    "I'm glad to see that they are making advancements because nobody has made a change in the helmet 20-something years," said NFL Players Union executive director Gene Upshaw, who says he supports the latest version. "We have to take it to the players now and see what they think. It looks like it might be a better product, but we'll have to see."

    Rams FB James Hodgins unveiled the new aerodynamic Riddell helmet in the Super Bowl.

    The new model, manufactured by athletic apparel company Riddell, was developed based on recent findings in head trauma research funded by the NFL. The scientists have theorized that shots to the side of the head have more significance in causing concussions and head trauma than shots taken on the top.

    "According to the scientists' research funded by the NFL, the current helmets underprotected the side of the head," said Jets team doctor Elliott Pellman, who heads up the NFL's committee on head trauma. "The standard drop tests really didn't do any tests to the side of the head, so the (current) helmets were never really protected there. Riddell went to the scientists who did this research and integrated it into their own findings."

    According to those who have seen the new head protection, it's a slightly more futuristic version of the current model with some similarities to a racing helmet; it looks like something that could be described as Rollerball meets the NFL. While it's not a complete change from the current model, there are noticeable differences in size, areas of protection and a slightly more streamlined look.

    The major difference is the side, which drops down closer to the chin to provide better protection to the side of the head and the jaw. In addition, the holes on the top are shaped like tear drops and appear to add to the aerodynamic look, and the back protrudes to offer better padding. The helmet looks bigger than the current model but might not be any heavier.

    "This helmet also gives you better peripheral vision," Upshaw said. "Plus, it has an added piece to provide better protection for your jaw. They added more padding that can inflate to adjust better to your face. The current model has a piece that snaps in there, but it doesn't come in too many sizes. I think it's a little lighter than the old model. They can probably make it lighter, too, by changing the facemask."

    Two years ago, athletic apparel manufacturer Bike developed a helmet that gave players a much-lighter option. But it didn't add to the protection on the side of the head.

    The NFL gives players options, but they are not required to wear one model over another. They will be allowed to wear the more futuristic Revolution if they choose. It was offered to the Patriots and Rams for Super Bowl XXXVI, and one player, Rams fullback James Hodgins, wore it in the game.

    The rest of the league will soon have that choice. According to an NFL memo sent out to team presidents and general managers last Friday, all teams will soon be introduced to the new design for the 2002 season:

    "Riddell's promotional material states that the helmet reflects a new design on 'extensive study of human tolerances and the type of impact that cause (concussions). ...' Riddell claims the new helmet's design will provide better protection for NFL players based on this new medical research.

    "Early next week, Riddell will also send you a sample of the new helmet, along with literature describing its design features and particular quality. As you know, each player is entitled to wear the helmet of his choice, and players will not be required to wear the new Riddell helmet."

    Head trauma became a larger issue two years ago when the careers of quarterbacks Steve Young and Troy Aikman were cut short because of multiple concussions. At the time, the NFLPA was at odds with the league over the availability of the results of their studies. But both sides appear to be on the same page with the new look.

    "Our people looked at it and our consultant on head trauma looked at it, and it met all of his standards," Upshaw said. "If it's safer for the players, of course that's something we're interested in."
    Last edited by RealRam; -03-04-2002, 10:02 AM.

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  • RamsFanSam
    Time to Re-Engineer the Helmet?
    by RamsFanSam
    Orlando Pace. Isaiah Kacyvenski. Trent Green. Kordell Stewart. Dan Morgan. Kurt Warner.

    That's only a few of the players who have suffered concussions this season.

    A player in the NFL has a 100% probability of suffering an injury during his career if that career lasts more than 8 years. (Thanks to Uncle John's Bathroom Reader for that statistic.) When you are talking about a concussion, this is extremely serious.

    In case you don't know what a concussion is, it is an injury to the brain, typically caused by a blow to the head (although a whiplash type injury can also result in a concussion), that causes a violent movement of the brain within the skull. When this happens, the neurons 'short circuit', firing all at once, overloading the brain. This is similar to a seizure. Recently, brain scans show a victim of a concussion shows brain activity similar to someone in a coma. Bruising of brain tissue and hemorrhaging can result even if there is no loss of consciousness.

    Serious stuff.

    So, why, to me, does it seem like we are seeing more concussions this season, as well as facial injuries like those suffered by Paul Smith?

    It's not because the players have gotten wimpy. It's not due to the lack of rules created and enforced that protect the players. It's not due to a change in the playing surface.

    The one common denominator is the helmets.

    It's been a few years since I last donned a skid lid and rode off on the road, but I remember the DOT had minimum standards for the helmets bikers wore. Half helmets, full face, there were different designs and brands, but they all had to conform to the same standards. I assume the NFL requires Riddell to manufacture each helmet to a minimum standard, too.

    The minimum doesn't seem good enough anymore. The shell of the helmet must be strong enough to withstand extreme impact. The lining must allow the helmet to 'breathe'. What's between the shell and lining has to absorb the energy from an impact, and prevent the wearer's skull from moving too fast, thereby preventing injury. In the 80's most motorcycle helmets were made of hard plastic, stuffed with styrofoam, and the lining was made of nylon or a similar material. The better helmets had a little foam padding for the ears and other areas.

    This is 2006, not 1986. In twenty years, surely science has progressed far enough that foam inserts and styrofoam are 'stone age' technology.

    Something has got to give. This season, it's been the player's health far too often.

    Instead of hiring a fashion designer to come up with a new uniform design for the officials, maybe they should have spent the money finding ways to prevent injuries.
    -11-28-2006, 05:35 PM
  • ramsplaya16
    New NFL rule: 1 defender gets QB helmet
    by ramsplaya16
    NFL adopts defensive communication device

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Taking another technological step forward, NFL owners approved a communication device for defenses Tuesday.

    One defensive player will wear a helmet similar to what the quarterback is allowed on offense. Should that player leave the game, another player can be designated to also have the device. But only one defender with the device can be on the field at a time.

    "We want to safeguard against a situation with two players on the field at the same time with the helmet communication," said Atlanta Falcons president and competition committee co-chairman Rich McKay.

    "We are talking about a three-down player, perhaps a linebacker who doesn't come off the field," added Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, the other co-chairman of the committee that recommended instituting the device. Fisher has just such a player in Keith Bullock.

    "In the event he goes down because of an injury, we'd identify our backup player as another three-down player."

    Fisher noted this change won't eliminate entirely the need for signals from the sideline, something that pretty much has disappeared for offenses.

    "The defense will still have need to signal in a hurry-up situation, where the ball is snapped very early," he said.

    The vote was 25-7 in favor — 24 yes votes were required — and all seven negatives came from head coaches with offensive backgrounds.

    Voting against the measure were Seattle (Mike Holmgren), Tampa Bay (Jon Gruden), Oakland (Lane Kiffin), Philadelphia (Andy Reid), St. Louis (Scott Linehan), Washington (Jim Zorn) and Green Bay (Mike McCarthy).

    New England coach Bill Belichick, whose involvement in the Spygate scandal that included taping opposing coaches' defensive signals made the communication device a hotter topic, voted for the proposal.

    "I've been for that ever since the thing with the quarterbacks came out," Belichick said. "The problem is just how to do it. The concept of it is fine, but the logistics of it are a little bit of a different story. You don't always have a quarterback in the game on defense, like you do on offense. It's a little bit of a different setup.

    "There is a substitution issue. Even the way it's proposed now if you have a middle linebacker like Brian Urlacher or Ray Lewis, or somebody like that who played on every single play on defense as kind of the equivalent of the offensive quarterback, then that's one thing. A lot of teams don't have that, and I'd say we would fall into that category."

    The owners also tabled discussion of a rule banning a player's hair from flowing over the nameplate and number on the back of the uniform.

    FOX Sports on MSN - NFL - NFL adopts defensive communication device
    -04-01-2008, 12:27 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams Helmet hits top 5
    by RamWraith
    Design is important in headwear deliberation

    By Chris Colston and Scott Boeck, USA TODAY

    (Editor's note: USA TODAY wants to know what your favorite and least favorite NFL helmets are, past and present. Make sure to vote in the semifinal round as we narrow each field to eight finalists. Come back to on Sunday to render your final votes for best and worst helmets. Results will be released in the March 1 issue of USA TODAY Sports Weekly.)
    While there is no arguing the glory and glamour of an NFL football helmet, determining the most attractive design is very much subject to debate.

    As a child, San Diego center Nick Hardwick loved Cincinnati's headgear. "I thought all those stripes were cool," he says. "But I still can't figure out how they get them on there. Are they decals or is it paint? That would be a lot of decals to put on each week." (They are decals.) But Chicago guard Ruben Brown says the Bengals' design is the ugliest in football history. "They can do way better than that."

    Donovan Moore, founder and president of The Society for Sports Uniforms Research (, has spent plenty of time pondering that debate. He has compiled his list of the top five NFL helmets of all time — and the five worst. "Although I've been following logo and uniform trends for over 33 years, I'm not much of a traditionalist," he warns. "I'm of the mind-set that the older styles aren't always the better styles."

    SSUR's top 5 NFL helmets all time ...

    •Minnesota Vikings (1985-present). The Vikings have had this basic design since 1961, and the minor tweaks they have done over the years — most notably changing the face mask color to purple in 1985 and finally matching the helmet paint color with the uniforms in 2002 — have made these almost perfect.

    •Philadelphia Eagles (1996-present). These "winged" helmets have been one of the best (and more recognizable) designs in the NFL and were significantly improved when owner Jeffrey Lurie introduced "Midnight Green" in 1996.

    •Washington Redskins (1965-69; 2002 home games). These dark burgundy and old gold classics, with the spear on the side, were brought back in 2002 as a throwback look. They should be brought back permanently — but with burgundy face masks.

    •St. Louis Rams (2000-present). According to historical records, the Rams' horns were the first actual logos that were painted on helmets — back in the days of the Cleveland Rams. The new metallic gold introduced in 2000 makes the horns look even more stylish.

    •San Diego Chargers (1988-present). So many people want the Chargers to revert to their collegiate blue (aka powder blue) uniforms — even their players. Says Hardwick, "I don't care much about helmets. I do want to get one of our throwback helmets though. I want...
    -02-23-2006, 10:37 AM
  • Flippin' Ram
    New officiating rules
    by Flippin' Ram
    Before we all start making bad knee-jerk reactions here, these rules only apply to those who are taking hits helmet to helmet, forearm, or shoulder. Personally, I find the "player in the act of or just after throwing a pass" deemed defenseless absurd seeing that we'll expect more pump fakes just to get that yellow flag flying but it's quite understandable to protect the heads of our players or medical insurance is going to start skyrocketing for these players....
    -07-18-2011, 09:38 PM
  • Curly Horns
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    Thought I would share some of these time-honored horns with the Clan.

    Anyone have anything on the history behind these classics?

    -05-08-2005, 11:58 AM