Since 1949, plastic helmets have been the standard in the NFL. They were previously banned due to a lack of access to plastics during World War II.Continue Reading
The first plastic helmet was introduced to the NFL in 1939 by what is now the Riddell Company. The models were later developed using polycarbon plastic construction complemented by technologically advanced cushioning systems for extra protection.
Face masks also continued to evolve along with the helmet shell, with the tubular bar introduced to models in 1955. The bar eventually evolved into the vertical cage. It wasn't until the mid-1980s when visors were also added to the helmets to prevent eye injuries.Learn more about American Football
Most starting NFL quarterbacks throw the football with a velocity in excess of 50 miles per hour. Pass velocity is usually only measured at the NFL scouting combine, but since NFL prospects usually have above-average velocity for college quarterbacks, it's safe to assume the average is lower at lower levels.Full Answer >
Many football fields in the NFL are oriented north to south so that players will not be hindered by sunlight, but there is not a rule that makes the fields run north to south. There are a few stadiums, such as the ATT stadium, that run east to west. The NFL has no official stance on whether stadiums should be oriented north to south or east to west.Full Answer >
According to ESPN, each NFL team has specified times for organized team activities, or OTAs, during preseason workouts, drills and training camps. NFL teams may have up to 10 days of OTAs, all of which have noncontact drills. OTAs are the third and final phase of the NFL workout schedule during preseason camps and practices. SB Nation reveals these drills are prescribed in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.Full Answer >
Ranking the greatest football player is often debated amongst experts, sports writers and fans, but the NFL ranks Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana and Walter Payton as some of the best players of all time. There are too many variable to choose one as the "best" player.Full Answer >