Some pro-football players are voicing their disapproval of the new NFL rule which requires them to wear thigh and knee pads- not only because of the discomfort, but because the pads are unfashionable.
Cleveland Browns' cornerback Joe Haden told the Akron Beacon Journal that he "wasn't a fan of it at all." He and several teammates said the pads restrict movement and just don't look good.
“It’s a fashion thing, too,” Haden said. “It looks cool, your pants all the way slick.”
Other NFLers like League MVP Adrian Peterson have dismissed vanity in the name of safety. "Guys like to be pretty, not wear the thigh pads and knee pads, but it protects you," he told NFL Evolution. "There have been plenty of times I got hit in my knee and when I had my pants pulled up too high and that pad wasn't there to protect it. It didn't feel good," he said.
Like Peterson, Haden and his teammates- all except the punters and kickers- will have to grit their fashion pride and strap on the extra pads at the preseason opener on Thursday.
The pads were mandatory in the NFL from 1979-1994. After the mid-90's they became optional and only about a third of players wore them.