The Football Helmet

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Did you know that it wasn’t until 1948 when the first NFL team applied their team’s logo to the outside of their helmets?  The Rams from Los Angeles were the forerunners who made this move.  The football helmet is a vital piece of football equipment.  In fact, for all organized football teams, at all levels, the helmet is a requirement.  The football helmet has evolved greatly over the years.  Continue reading in order to learn more about the iconic football helmet.

The exact origin of who invented the helmet is unknown, but the first time that something similar came in to existence was in 1896.  There was a football player from Lafayette College, in Pennsylvania, who needed something to protect his ears, so he used straps and earpieces combined for his protection.

Around the early 1900’s, helmets became more common, and were made out of leather that was padded over the skull and around the ears.  It also had a chinstrap that hooked for security.  This type of helmet mimicked that of an aviator’s headgear at the time.  The helmets were not required by all football players at that time, so many players played their entire careers without any type of head protection.

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