For years players in the NFL only wore thigh and knee pads if they wanted too. Most felt all the equipment would slow them down and add extra weight.
In 2013, the league changed that policy and made the protective gear mandatory.
According to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com the league is sending a reminder to all teams for the 2015 season about what is required for players to wear on the field.
“NFL Football Operations issued a reminder to general managers, head coaches and equipment managers that all players must be in compliance with the league rule on mandatory thigh and knee padding. The league emphasizes this rule every season as part of its efforts to protect players from unnecessary risk and ensure that the game is presented in a professional manner consistent with NFL standards,” the league noted on its Operations website.
Players originally did not like the idea of someone forcing them to do anything, but once officials had the power to kick someone out of the game their feelings changed.
Kick-off for opening night is now less than thirty days away. I must say, its great to see an NFL press release that has nothing to do with “Deflategate”.
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