History of football pads

The very first shoulder pads

  • In 1877, L.P. Smock designed the first shoulder pads

  • The first pads were made out of leather and wool. They weren’t heavy but the didn’t provide much protection

  • In the 1980’s pads were made of plastic and synthetic materials were made that make the padding lighter an stronger

  • Now there are different shoulder pads-made for specific player’s positions