Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is a physical ball player, and has been in his share of hard-hitting affairs.
ESPN is reporting that Harrison didn’t want to wait for the NFL to do something about protecting players heads, so he took the initiative and did it on his own.
Harrison states that after suffering from “double-digit” bouts with concussion like symptoms, he started using a special layer of padding inside his helmet.
“I haven’t seen any spots or had any blackouts.”
The padding has about a quarter pound of Kevlar in it, and Harrison has no problem using it.
“To protect my head I’d take a pound more.”
“If something works, I’m going to use it,” he said.
“The league is mandating next year that we wear thigh and knee pads,” Harrison said. “I don’t know how many people’s career has been ended on a thigh or knee bruise. We have guys now that are 30, 31 years old that are having to quit the game because they have severe headaches … I think you should be focusing more on (the helmet) than knee or thigh pads.”
I concur Mr. Harrison.