Chiefs star Riddell helps Kansas City boy get a football helmet


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Help has arrived for a young local football player who needed a full-size helmet.

Without the right size head protection, 12-year-old Brandon Jackson can’t play football.

FOX4 introduced Jackson to viewers in late August, as his family and coaches at Kansas City’s KCFC hunted high and low for a helmet. The family originally thought a size 2X helmet would fit them, but after trying one out, it didn’t fit them either.

Coaches are excited to help Jackson because of his size and potential. He’s not yet a teenager, but he’s already 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds – the size coaches at all levels look for in linemen on both sides of the ball.

On Wednesday afternoon, Jackson and his family came to FOX4 Studios in Kansas City. They caught up with Chris Coffing, National Sales Manager and Professional Helmet Fitter at Riddell Sports. The company creates helmets for all 32 National Football League teams and many Division I college football teams.

A high-tech system used by Coffing makes precise measurements of Jackson’s head, as a perfect fit guarantees football security.

Coffing learned of Jackson’s needs from Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown. Riddell Sports and Brown have agreed to pool resources and support Jackson’s new helmet.

“I appreciate it because I will be able to play a game. Last week I was out of the game because I wasn’t able to get a helmet, so I wasn’t in the game,” Jackson said.

The custom helmet will cost between $900 and $2,000, and Jackson’s family won’t pay a dime.

“We love that a young man like you wants to play football. We want to give every person the opportunity to play,” Coffing said.

“Just giving him the opportunity to play what I consider to be the greatest game of all time is a tremendous opportunity for him,” said Dustin Cundiff, Jackson’s coach with the Northland Revolution.

Coffing said it would take 3-4 weeks to make Brandon’s helmet. The 12-year-old KC is grateful for the kindness – as are his coaches – who hope to have the big lineman on the court in October.

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