Russell Athletic’s new shoulder pads


On October 24, 2002, I faced running back Lendale White in a high school football game and it was perhaps the highlight of my sports career. He dragged me nine yards and nearly put me in a coma, but he finally fell to the ground after gaining about 20 yards on a right sweep. Me, playing cornerback on the left side, was credited with a solo tackle, and it’s one I will remember and be haunted for the rest of my life.

But one thing that always stuck with me in that room was how out of place my gear and helmet had become afterwards. Maybe it was the strength of future All-American and later NFL running back running through me, but I can’t help but wonder if we weren’t as well equipped as we should have been. being. My shoulder pads were basically lifted above my head and thrown out of my body. They were loose, bulky, and didn’t fit my 5’10”, 160-pound frame properly; they were better suited for a linebacker, but that was all our school could issue. If only I had waited 12 years to get dressed.

This month, Russell Athletic released its first-ever shoulder pad design, a CarbonTek technology that limits impacts to the body by up to 63% in a 600-pound impact test (or, say, about 2.5 Lendale Whites). The new design will be worn by a dozen NFL players this season, including former New Orleans Saints Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.

“We can use Russell Athletic’s roots in football and its dedication to quality and innovation to create what we believe is a product with superior impact management, a lower profile and a better fit for players,” Russell’s deputy general manager Robby Davis said.

Technology that limits impacts to the body by up to 63% in a 600 pound impact test.

In fact, it is better suited. The shoulder pads fit perfectly around my chest and shoulders, snug but not constricting, allowing complete freedom of movement. No, I haven’t tested it tackling National Gatorade Player of the Year, but I can tell, just walking around the office, looking for things on the shelves and running (walking) up the stairs – five floors! – that shoulder pad game is nothing I ever experienced in high school.

Some other highlights:
-Odor management
-Machine washable
– 100% aerospace-grade carbon fiber, which Russell claims is a 10% weight reduction over competitors

Lendale, if you are reading this, I want to thank you for this good memory. And for the probable CTE, I will elaborate later accordingly.

Ryan Hatch is the associate editor of Supercompressor. He’s having a hard time finding anything witty here. Probably the CET. ETC? Who knows.

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