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Who invented the football helmet?
One of the first known helmets designed specifically for the game was made by a Maryland shoemaker for a Naval Academy midshipman named Joseph Reeves, who was told by a doctor that he had to give up football or else risk death from another kick in the head.
When did the first motorcycle helmet come out?
A Chicago manufacturer created the first plastic helmet in the 1940s, and included a chin strap in his new design. The shape also got some customization, from the original slightly flat top to a teardrop shape, which allowed the impact of a collision to slide to one side or the other instead of taking the blow head-on.
What did football helmets look like in the 1980s?
By the late 1980s the football helmet weighed three pounds and had a complex design. The inside of the helmet consisted of foam padding and a plastic layer to absorb the impact of a collision. The outer shell of the helmet was made with poly carbonate. Additional layers added protection to the head including aluminum, plastic foam and leather.
When did the NFL stop using leather helmets?
In 1949 the NFL officially adopted the plastic design which marked the end of the leather helmet era. In 1948 Fred Gerke became the first football player to create a design on his helmet while playing for the Los Angeles Rams. Gerke painted the helmet blue including gold horns on the design.