BUCKHEAD, GA.-- Some NFL players have resisted wearing a complete set of pads for reasons ranging from comfort to vanity.
That decision might not be an option for long.
NFL owners are planning to vote Tuesday on a proposal that would make thigh and knee pads mandatory for all players during games starting with the 2013 season.
The rule's genesis stems from the belief that players would be afforded better protection, which falls in line with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's safety initiatives. For example, some players who suffer bruised quadriceps muscles have been found not to be wearing thigh pads.
There are those players, though, who are willing to take that risk. Some players wear no padding or just use plastic shells that offer a lesser degree of protection.
Wide receivers and cornerbacks in particular are known to shun wearing the thigh-hip-knee pad combination. While the nfl has made uniform innovations, some still consider the padding too bulky and uncomfortable at posi...