Outside of a few stray games during the 2011 and 2012 NFL seasons, Tom Brady has worn the same football helmet during his 19-year career.
The NFL and NFLPA announced that 10 different helmet models will be prohibited from being worn by players following the results of laboratory testing.
"We think that is an important move, and we think that will improve player health and safety".
However, the 10 prohibited helmets have either been discontinued by their manufacturer or were made by companies that no longer produce football helmets.
The banned after 2018 models included Brady's Riddell VSR-4 helmet, although the 40-year-old victor of five Super Bowls has the opportunity to test other helmets under game conditions this season also. The banned models are manufactured by Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and SG.
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Previously it NFL players have been allowed to wear any helmet they chose, provided it passed National Operating Committee Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) certification standards. 'We've seen a number of new helmets enter the market from both new innovators, as well as new helmet models from incumbent companies, which means that there are a number of helmets for players to move to.
A total of 10 helmet models have been banned, six immediately with another four phased out by 2019.
The NFL, in collaboration with the NFLPA, through their respective appointed biomechanical experts, coordinated extensive laboratory research to evaluate which helmets best reduce head impact severity. And the objective of continuing to rank the helmets, and the goal of the joint decision to prohibit certain helmets this year, is to increase that continued movement into better-performing helmets'.
According to ESPN, thirty-four helmets were tested for safety, and 10 helmets that finished at the bottom of the rankings were listed as prohibited.
At last month's annual league meeting, owners approved a new safety rule that makes it a penalty for any player to lower his head and use his helmet to initiate contact with an opponent during a game.