A PHOTO TAKEN AS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS PREPARE TO ATTEND A FORMAL DINNER AND RECITAL:
Not really. These padded suits as modeled by the 1959 Bucknell University gridders were standard practice attire at a number of schools in the late 1950’s. In theory, they were probably a reasonable idea but the reality of the heavily padded full body “armor” was short-lived. It was believed that players could engage in more frequent and longer full contact drills and scrimmages as the additional padding, worn over the standard uniform’s fully padded areas, would provide added protection. Unfortunately, mobility was curtailed, body temperature increases and fatigue due to the lack of air circulation on the skin, and a decrease in reaction time due to the cumbersome outfits made this attempt at enhanced protection no more than a footnote in college football history.
Dear Dr. DelRye;
We wore a few different kinds of face masks when I was in school but from the picture I sent to you, could you identify this one? I apologize for the photo, it is very small and from my high school yearbook but I think you can see it pretty clearly. I always wondered if this was a common mask. Thanks.