The Evolution of Football Helmets

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Fern Melg : If only the browns playing was as good as their inventions.

Film Radar : Entertaining and informative, I'd love to see more videos like this! Design fascinates me, the history of the football helmet is something I knew very little about but it has a much deeper history than I could have imagined!

Dirk Diggler : Pants are coming off for this one

9ramthebuffs9 : Improved helmets enable bigger more concussive hits. They don't prevent injury.

Kolajer : Really enjoyed the video, despite being from across the pond, completely ignorant about and utterly indifferent to football. A good indicator of how good your content is.

TheBap : Was confused till the 2nd minute, forgot football is soccer in the US. Was asking myself the whole time why players used helmets in soccer in the 1920s lol

Jay 3.0 : Helmets are really becoming more advance technologically. I wonder how more advanced they'll be in the future

Tony Zan : To me the argument that football helmets increase the risk of nfl players ignores the economic incentives of playing the game. The basic argument is helmets make players feel safer so they launch into their opponents with reckless abandon and if they didn't wear helmets they would be more careful. This totally ignores the economic incentives present in the nfl. Imagine you are a 195 lb cornerback. Imagine you have marginal skills (by nfl standards). You don't have a guaranteed contract, but are making 2 million per year. You didn't finish college and have no other method of making anywhere close to this amount. You told your mother to quit her job as a maid and bought your mom her first house. You are still making mortgage payments on it and your own house. You are funding your younger siblings through school and have financed the business venture of a beloved uncle. You need to stay in the league for a few more years to lift all of your extended family out of generations of poverty. A 230 lb running back has broken out into the open field towards you. You have no chance of form tackling this man. If you don't stop him you will give up a touchdown lose this game and probably ensure your team loses its division. The only chance you have is to dive at the RBs legs. You do so because you fear being cut from the team for not being able to tackle. You dive and his knee goes into your skull. If you have a helmet the damage is much less. If you don't wear a helmet you still need to make this tackle for your livelihood.

Bent Ice : Very hard to solve this issue, you see it happens when the brain bounces around inside the skull, a helmet may not protect you fully from that, if it does than wow that’s amazing

Josh Barnacle : this is it chief

Continuity Check : I expected "Football helmets" to be a writing technique. I was pleasantly surprised.

Itzel Cano Ruiz : 1- Like 2- Watch the video

Joel Wood : This video engaged me so much and I was so surprised how interested I was (not that your videos are ever bad or boring). It managed to hit your high quality and I've learnt so much being from England and not knowing much about football. I really enjoyed it and thanks again! I can't wait to see the next topic you chose to talk about

BlueFluffles3232 : Please do more videos like this!

Ryan Yeager : I love this video I love the game of football more than anything else and I don't want to live in a world where football is outlaw it doesn't concussions. Football teaches boys how to become men real man who hard-working for there money who pay taxes who law-abiding citizens men. It teaches life lessons that you don't learn in a classroom all sports do this but football does it the best. And I feel like if we Outlaw football would have more people become criminals instead of law-abiding citizens. Is there a chance you can damage your brain from playing football yes but that's life everyday you get out of bed your life at risk. There's a chance you can get hurt on the job permanently we don't talk about outlawing those jobs. Because we need those jobs to help our country. I think a chance to go to college and get an education for free and I'm not being in debt $100,000 and a chance to go and play in the National Football League and be able to retire before your 40 as a millionaire is worth the risk of CTE. I don't want to see any of these Football players get CTE so I am for doing anything we can to protect our players.

Shawn Barbour : do a video on the soccer ball now that you have done a football video

Vince Allen : SCHUTT SCHOOT HMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Pope Guilty XIII : "The Day the NFL Died"

Andrew Walk : I am more into rugby than any other sport.

American Redneck : Well I got a concussion when I was in high school and it’s bull shit I was in practice!

racewiththefalcons1 : Wouldn't the best way to prevent concussions be to remove helmets altogether? It sounds counterintuitive, but nobody is going to lead with their head when they aren't wearing a helmet. They're going to protect themselves. Perhaps there's a study comparing rugby concussions to NFL football. I'll have to look into it.

Führer Lenny : Great essay, love the straight-to-the-point style of yours.

zachary paris : i learnt something.

Phil Email : Its probably done more harm than good. You cant go across the body, face to the ball without helmets. Those hits dont happen in rugby and they dont do head to head either, generally.

Hayden Navy : Thank you I was actually really curious about all of this.

Big73W : Hell even with today's helmets and only in high school i had hits where I would momentarily go into a daze especially when I would pull for a block. I fear cte but miss playing with my brother's more than anything I loved it

Lucian : Good video. Helmets definitely need to evolve some more before football dies. As much as I love the game, the players are literally slow-killing themselves on the field.

Bigfriendly15 : Joe Theisman had a single bar facemask. Last QB I remember wearing one.

Username 1 : Girls soccer has higher concussion rates than football but I don’t see them snowing a big fuss about that

Dregs : i love the ray lewis and justin tuck darth vader facemask. yeah it might be dangerous if you plan on using your fingers or hands in another player's face

Some Dude : Always thought this was just a TV/ Movie channel. This ain't too bad

Pepperoni Pizza is real good : 3000 then there will be cavilar for a football helmets

kram Null : As a kid in the 70's and 80's I intrigued by the face masks. I loved the offensive and defensive line's full face cages. I liked Herschel Walker and Emit Smith's as well. Awesome vid keep the facts coming...

Thundering Titan : Do the evolution of football pads!

MikeBNumba6 : I really enjoyed this video. Well done

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Big Tasty : Sick video

Liam Ring : brilliant video.

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Axe10 : This was surprisingly good.

Mike Adams : Interesting, but your timeline seems off relative to the helmet painting. You talked about the plastic helmets first, then said the issue was rectified, but then said everyone was playing with brown helmets until Gehrke took his home and painted it... at which point, you show a painted LEATHER helmet (not plastic). So the first painted helmet was leather, NOT plastic. Correct?

Luke Waggoner : Back then these dudes didn't try to blow someone's brains out so that's why they didn't have as many concussions

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Hayden Ryan : Always such great insights. Thanks so much for the unique content, always look forward to your videos. Your one on Monet is my favourite so far!

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Daniel Flores : Not making fun or criticizing just helping out, it’s pronounced “shut” not “Shoot”

Lemon Kid : Do evolution of football gloves

Zach Hutson : Very informative! thanks!

Carson Ivey : I appreciate this video a lot, I did my final project on this my Junior year in high school and I researched for hours, to find very little, I wish I had this

Justus Montgomery : Could you do this with shoulder pads? Or even pant pads? Just a brief history of them.