Since 1949, plastic helmets have been the standard in the NFL. They were previously banned due to a lack of access to plastics during World War II.Know More
The first plastic helmet was introduced to the NFL in 1939 by what is now the Riddell Company. The models were later developed using polycarbon plastic construction complemented by technologically advanced cushioning systems for extra protection.
Face masks also continued to evolve along with the helmet shell, with the tubular bar introduced to models in 1955. The bar eventually evolved into the vertical cage. It wasn't until the mid-1980s when visors were also added to the helmets to prevent eye injuries.Learn more about American Football
According to ESPN, each NFL team has specified times for organized team activities, or OTAs, during preseason workouts, drills and training camps. NFL teams may have up to 10 days of OTAs, all of which have noncontact drills. OTAs are the third and final phase of the NFL workout schedule during preseason camps and practices. SB Nation reveals these drills are prescribed in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.Full Answer >
There is no definitive record for the longest football throw in history, but many believe former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde's 80-yard throw in the 1988 "Quarterback Challenge" competition earns the title. The NFL does not keep statistics on the distance of actual passes, and no such Guinness World Record exists.Full Answer >
In 2011, players in the NFL earned an average salary of $1.9 million, according to Yahoo! Sports. However, professional football players' salaries vary widely depending on the position they play.Full Answer >
Entering the 2014 season, the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick is the longest-serving NFL coach. The longest-serving NCAA Division I college coach is Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech.Full Answer >