The initial list has been narrowed down to 6 5 players Initial list is complete, efforting the rest of the helmets… If anyone is liking this research and wants to do more contact me and I will forward you another part of the complete list… firstname.lastname@example.org
Through the season we have brought you The Concussion Report for the NFL, citing the concussions in the league and giving you statistics along the way. During the first week of the playoffs, I asked for your help in identifying concussions from Week 17 because the NFL does not list them if they are not in the playoffs, and you responded.
Now with the urging of others, Will Carroll included, we are setting out on a much larger task; Identifying the helmets on these players. I say much larger, what I really mean is HUGE, as this information is about as tightly guarded as Cold War secrets. This is why we are asking for your help. We would like those of you, so inclined, to use that time on the internet for some ground-breaking data, data that may not even exist. It will take some time, but I am confident many of you out there are capable of accomplishing this feat.
Here is the process; I will show you helmets and identifying characteristics of each helmet maker, then we will attempt to get a picture or screen grab of the listed players in that particular game/instance. It has to be that game in which it occurred, because players have been known to change helmets, more so after a concussion. You will then send that information via email to email@example.com and we will compile all information to give a breakdown. If you give us information we will cite you and your work, UNLESS you do not want to be cited (this is important if there are equipment managers that want to contribute anonymously).
This is a VERY important project, and one that I cannot do alone, pass it along and let us see where the helmets stand. DISCLAIMER: Riddell has the vast majority of helmets on players so they would logically have the most instances of injury, we will further break it down as to “expected” numbers based on this knowledge.
Without further hesitation here are the helmets;
Riddell (Visit their website )
There are two current models, The Revolution (registered trademark) and The Revolution (registered trademark) Speed, as well as older models.
The key to Riddell helmets is that you will see the “Riddell” tags on the forehead of the helmet, as they are the only helmet maker that is allowed to have this on their helmet. With the first helmet you will notice a rounded facemask on the sides, the second has an angular facemask and well the old one is what we have become accustomed to seeing.
Schutt (Visit their website)
Schutt has three models as well, DNA (and DNA Pro), Ion4D and AiR (all registered trademarks).
Distinct markers of these helmets include the blue interior padding as seen in first helmet, the unique facemask as seen in the second helmet and the ventilation holes in the top of the helmet in a circular pattern as seen in the third.
Xenith (Visit their website)
Xenith is a newcomer on the scene so there are relatively few of these as in comparison.
The ear hole and the ventilation in the back of the helmet is unique to this helmet. The raised spine can be confused with the Riddell’s so that alone should not be a distinguishing characteristic. The most unique marker may be how it is viewed from straight on, the helmets inner-liner is like a cap inside and looks as though it is form fit to their head (don’t have a photo of this).
If your evidence does not fit any of the above then it would be in the this category.
Regardless if you are good at identifying the helmets, if you have a photo/screen grab of the player in that game send it in we can try to identify the helmets.
Now for the list, 43 of the 165 and counting of players 26%, (note that multiple concussed players may switch helmets from game to game they were hurt). As a helmet is identified there will the players
name will be struck-through…