Last week we focused on the Austin Collie prototype helmet that we discovered via still images. I am working very hard on cracking the case with firm information, a lot of hearsay abound. In the meantime I have also discovered that there is ANOTHER new helmet on the field this year, I have found it on the head of Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams.
While tying to get the information for the Collie helmet, I tripped upon Rawlings website where they are promoting an adult version of their youth helmet they have previously manufactured; the NRG Quantum, surfing through the site I saw Jackson wearing the helmet I was unaware existed. Next, I looked at pictures from camp and did in fact see the helmet being worn by Jackson. Below is the comparison from last year and this year;
His previous helmet was made by Schutt, it looks to be the Schutt AiR, but as you notice it has changed this year. The difference between this helmet and the Collie helmet are the air vents up top (4 in a square in the Collie, and the earhole only one trapezoidal hole versus the two above).
This now brings the total known helmets on the field to 13 made by 5 known different companies and one unknown company;
- Riddell VSR4
- Riddell Revolution
- Riddell Revo Speed
- Riddell 360
- Schutt AiR
- Schutt AiR XP
- Schutt Ion 4D
- Schutt DNA
- Xenith X1
- Xenith X2
- Rawlings Quantum
- Adams A200
- “Mystery Helmet”
Dustin, I was the trainer at CSU until 1971. I would like to participate in your blog. Dale Milldenberger @ Utah was one of my student trainers. Question who is doing the testing on football helmets at this time?
Depends on the type of testing you are looking at… Most helmet manufacturing companies do testing… NOCSAE is the current standard for minimums (skull fx and SDH)… Va Tech is doing a rating system…
Austin collie wears a xenith
How about someone contact the Bell headgear company and then work with the Snell Foundation. I change to Bell helmets in 1968 and had great success. The payback to coaches by Riddell took care of that. No one has more research than Snell. This was per Riddell air cells and they were just starting to manufacture them then
I would like to submit my idea for head and neck injury protection.
I have been a fan of Formula One Racing for over 35 years and have watched the progression of head and neck injury prevention used in Formula One.
A mandatory Hans device is used during all time when a driver is in the cockpit.
This device “Head and Neck System” Hans,limits travel of the head and neck during extreme amounts of G-forces happen.This has saved many lives in Motorsports.
I hope this information can help .