Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) is tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

New Leg Pad Rule. Helpful or PR Stunt?


In another attempt to pretend they care, league owners voted to require players to wear hip, thigh and knee pads during games in the 2013 season. The NFL Players Association opposes the policy.  I do too.  In all honesty, this sounds like another way for Nike to sell more stuff to the league, thus raising ticket prices, thus more money in the owners pockets.  Quentin Jammer agreed in an interview with U-T San Diego.

“It’s dumb,” Jammer, an 11-year veteran, said. “Ridiculous to me. I don’t think anybody should be required to wear (them). I don’t get hit, so I don’t need to worry about pads. Offensive players should wear them because we hit them, but I don’t think it should be mandatory.”

No duh.  This new rule came about when Nike CEO Mark Parker told Goodell that they sell more pads to the NBA than to the NFL.  Not to be outdone, Goodell came up with a totally bogus new rule.  Players who need pads wear them.  Players who do not need pads don’t.

“You play this game because you want to play this game, and the risks you take are the risks you take,” Jammer told the newspaper. “If you don’t want to wear hip pads, knee pads or thigh pads, you shouldn’t have to. It should be a choice.”

Who is getting hit in the legs?  I have seen a few chop blocks, but they are typically on lineman and backs and those guys are already wearing pads.  This new rule sounds like another bad move to me.  What do you think?

ChargerGirl Cindi

  • BoogaP

    Great article. They ditched the hip pad effort for now. Just knee and thigh pads. The whole thing is a joke.

  • jollygreen66

    @BoogaP I honestly believe pads help story injuries. If they won’t wear em suspend em. No pads no play.

    • BoogaP

      @jollygreen66 Ok, here is my opinion. If my boss says I need to wear a tie to work then fine. Wear a tie to work.

      • jollygreen66

        @BoogaP yep

        • ChargerGrlCindi

          @jollygreen66 @BoogaP – What if your boss told you to wear a tie that weighed 5 pounds and was pink?

        • BoogaP

          @ChargerGrlCindi @jollygreen66 How much money am I getting paid? $$$ lol.

      • biggsybolt

        @BoogaP @jollygreen66 agreed, I have to wear a hard hat and safety glasses, even when not really necessary.

        • jollygreen66

          @biggsybolt @BoogaP exactly, and if you don’t you’re probably not allowed on site.

      • biggsybolt

        @BoogaP @jollygreen66 I also think players should sign a release of liability, they know what they’re getting into. To sue is absurd!!

        • jollygreen66

          @biggsybolt @BoogaP Hell yes! They know the business that they are in

  • RMainwaring

    Is there any way the players can oppose it and not wear them or appeal the decision?

    • CindiSpears

       @RMainwaring They just voted on this yesterday.  There may be enough backlash that the rule is modified. 

      • RMainwaring

         @CindiSpears I certainly hope so. Just sounds ridiculous that the owners can just impose their will on the players anytime they want to.

  • arnie

    as an employee, i do what the company asks. somebody on the job got hurt, needless to say they weren’t following the safety policy, by not wearing the required safety glasses, and is now wearing an eye patch.  My point. if my 7 year old son is required to wear all that padding, for his protection, they why shouldn’t “professional” football players  be wearing it?
    Example: concussions seem to be a hot topic. There are helmets on the market that reduce the risk of concussions. A local high school has taken notice and is now required every player to wear these more advanced helmets. They have reported no concussion since switching to them. Yet , “pro” players get to pick and choose what type of head gear to wear. but i digress, the topic is padding.
     my son could move in the bulky padding, that is 30 year old technology, so we opted for the pads that are built into his football pants. And the shirt that gives extra protection to his shoulders, and to his rib area. these pads are far more flexible, lighter, and reduce the chance of bruising or injury. versus if he “wasn’t wearing” them at all.Now, bruising cause blood clots. more importantly they reduce a players ability to be at his best, and slows his recovery. Over a ten year career, this “WILL” take it’s toll on the human body. if you can reduce the amount of bruising, reduce the amount of concussions, and possibly extend the careers of some players for couple of years. wouldn’t be worth earning an extra million, for a set of $30 dollar pads?Stop whining (Jammer). Put the pads on, wear the “best” helmets. extend your careers, make some mo’money and live for a healthier life, after football is over.

  • arnie

    as an employee, i do what the company asks. somebody on the job got hurt, needless to say they weren’t following the safety policy, by not wearing the required safety glasses, and is now wearing an eye patch.  My point. if my 7 year old son is required to wear all that padding, for his protection, they why shouldn’t “professional” football players  be wearing it?
    Example: concussions seem to be a hot topic. There are helmets on the market that reduce the risk of concussions. A local high school has taken notice and is now required every player to wear these more advanced helmets. They have reported no concussion since switching to them. Yet , “pro” players get to pick and choose what type of head gear to wear. but i digress, the topic is padding.
     my son could not move in the bulky padding, that is 30 year old technology. so we opted for the pads that are built into his football pants. And the shirt that gives extra protection to his shoulders, and to his rib area. these pads are far more flexible, lighter, and reduce the chance of bruising or injury. versus if he “wasn’t wearing” them at all.Now, bruising cause blood clots. more importantly they reduce a players ability to be at his best, and slows his recovery. Over a ten year career, this “WILL” take it’s toll on the human body. if you can reduce the amount of bruising, reduce the amount of concussions, and possibly extend the careers of some players for couple of years. wouldn’t be worth earning an extra million, for a set of $30 dollar pads?Stop whining (Jammer). Put the pads on, wear the “best” helmets. extend your careers, make some mo’money and live for a healthier life, after football is over.