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  1. JackPMiller

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    This is based on the movie Leatherheads. It got me thinking, football used to be in those helmets, so why can't the NFL turn back the clock and all teams for one week wear those old style unis and helmets? This is to honor all those old timers. Just a thought.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    With that old equipment, the players would be getting massive injuries.

    Sounds nice but too much of a safety issue.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    Back then, players weren't as fast and strong as they are today. Someone will get his head taken off and/or need reconstructive surgery on his face. I can't see that happening any time... ever.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    They would prefer not having many of their players die

    but hey, that's just my opinion.

    they are the ones that get paid to make those big decisions.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    actually people say not having the helmets and pads can actually help prevent those injuries as people dont use their heads as a weapon.

    Evidence would be rugby and australian rules football. Supposedly they dont have as many head injuries.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    Yes because all football injuries come from spearing...?
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    You're wrong.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    You cannot be serious. Players are supposed to voluntarily give up a level of protection that they've always worn to employ some dubious marketing strategy? Stoopid!

    Besides the obvious safety and liability issues, no one wants to see that type of game. The gladiatoral quality of today's uniform style lends itself to an almost fantastic and futuristic look. The only real nostalgia exists mostly around the '60s era football, not that bygone muddy blood and guts Wing-T anachronism. Today's players wouldn't be caught dead in those ludricrous outfits. Even George Clooney looks like a tool. It's a completely different game now.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    I think football games this year should be played with Defensive players carrying baseball bats.

    This would definitely lead to a decrease in spears and spear-related injuries.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    If the old gear were worn in today's game, someone would eventually die, I think.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    There were a significant number of football related deaths way back in the 19-teens, assuming a lot of them from head injuries. The flying wedge was made illegal, and there were probably other player safety related rule changes. I agree with others, you don't want to ever consider any game at any level without modern helmets.
     
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    Re: This is interesting

    Or what if the defensive players actually carried spears?
     
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    I think it's a great idea for everyone, but the Pats.

    Infact, I think the Jets should wear those old uniforms, pads and helmets both times we play them - Colts too......and Dolphins.
     
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    Does anyone remember last year of how much silence the crowd was in Dallas when Jason Whitten caught a ball and his helmet fell off during the run and got tackled? - everyone in Dallas stadium held their breath that he did not have a head injury when tackled and pulled out of bounds - fortunately he was fine.

    Can you imagine a WHOLE game without protective gear? - I couldn't
     
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    How can you forget about the Chargers?
     
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    True, but then what would LT have to hide behind without his Darth Vader Mask???
     
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    The game is very different today than it was in the 20s. It is a lot faster, physical, and violent. As virtually everyone said, it would get players seriously injured.
     
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    The players would survive just fine, stop being so mello dramatic.
     
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    I think that's a GREAT idea. I nominate the Pats and the Raiders to play in that game, however, the rest of the NFL should not participate. :D
     
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    Well at least there won't be any face mask penalties. Then again, not necessary a good thing when some linebacker grab hold of running back's nose and accidently tear it off the face, no?
     
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