Oakland Raiders cornerback Ronald Bartell isn’t happy with the idea of the NFL forcing players to wear leg pads starting in 2013. He said that he won’t wear them and that he’ll prepare himself to be fined for not complying.
“Personally, I won’t be wearing them,” Bartell said. “So I’d better put some fine money away.”
“It takes away from the speed of the game,” Bartell said. “Hip pads, knee pads, thigh pads. They’re not going to stop you from tearing an ACL. It may stop a couple of soft-tissue injuries, but a knee pad isn’t going to stop a guy from blowing out a knee.”
Raiders safety Michael Huff said that when he was in college at Texas, they’d doctor the pads up so you couldn’t tell they weren’t there.
“We cut ‘em out and just had a little foam, a little piece of paper there,” Huff said. “But we never really wore ‘em.”
Linebacker Travis Goethel doesn’t want the pads either.
“I hate that. I don’t want that at all,” Goethel said. “I don’t like having anything restricting my movement in my legs. If you get hit in the thigh it really doesn’t do too much to help you out.”