Found May 27, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
Starting in 2013, the National Football League plans to make it mandatory for all players to wear knee and thigh pads.  The decision has rubbed many current NFL defenders the wrong way.  Oakland Raiders cornerback Ronald Bartell said that he’s willing to start saving money now a year in advance to pay for future fines for refusing to wear pads. Photo Credit: “Personally, I won’t be wearing them,” Bartell told the Contra Costa Times on Wednesday.  ”So I’d better put some fine money away.” The Raiders’ recently acquired cornerback missed virtually all of last year after suffering two neck fractures in the season opener.  Selected in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Bartell was the second-longest tenured player and the top corner for most of his seven seasons with the St. Louis Rams. The 6-1, 208-pound Bartell also brought another important issue to the table.  He believes that leg pads slow players down without protecting against any serious injuries. “It takes away

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