You may have seen NFL QB great and Hall-of-Famer Warren Moon on NFLN last night touting his anti-concussion helmet design...
The Eagles are going to give it a test run in TC and preseason exhibition games, and Michael Vick will be the primary test driver.
Warren Moon took his fair share of head shots during a great career that included the Canadian Football League as well as the NFL...
Here's an X-Ray look at the shock absorbers in the new Xenith helmet developed by Warren Moon...
Xenith helmet on the left, classic Riddell helmet on the right...
View of Xenith prototype helmet from front... If you squint your eyes, you can almost see Bruzer9.5...
Moon is pitching a high-tech helmet that might reduce head trauma and help prevent the debilitating effects of diseases such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which studies seem to indicate could have linkage to repeated head blows. As the founder and president of Sports 1 Marketing in Southern California, Moon clearly will benefit from any surge in sales of the 4-year-old Xenith helmet designed by former Harvard quarterback Vin Ferrara. The headgear features 18 shock absorbers inside the protective shell.
Moon said he is motivated to better protect all football players -- including Indianapolis Colts rookie Andrew Luck, who is considering the Xenith model, and our own Michael Vick, who will be trying out the Xenith gear at Lehigh and in at least one preseason game in August.
In the wake of Junior Seau's death from a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest May 2, Moon said he was shocked to learn that the hard-hitting linebacker never suffered a reported concussion on any injury report. "I know he took a lot of helmet shots and gave a lot of helmet shots as well,'' Moon said. "So for him to never have been diagnosed with one concussion is really surprising to me."
"I would think if they are able to look at and really study his brain, they would see that maybe there was some brain damage there that would cause him to do something like what he did. And I think every guy that's done that, whether it was Andre Waters or Dave Duerson or some of the other guys who have committed suicide, they go and look at their brains, and they see that there's considerable damage there. ... That's something that really concerns me."
"And even though I was involved in the concussion and head injury project before Junior's death, it just kind of re-emphasizes the fact that I am doing the right thing in trying to bring more awareness to this.''
Moon, 55, has suffered no short- or long-term memory effects despite enduring six career concussions during his 17-year NFL career. Moon also played six seasons in the CFL from 1978 to 1983.
"It's something I'm just going to keep an eye on, and it's something that concerns me because when you get to the age of 50 or so, that's when you start to see a lot of changes that possibly happen from your days of playing football,'' Moon, now a Seattle Seahawks radio analyst said.
"Right now, my thing is to make sure we can protect as many young guys as possible coming up in the game as well as the guys that are playing professional football. ... And then look after these guys who are suffering and struggling from head injuries they had from playing the game.''
Xenith is projected to sell approximately 100,000 helmets in 2012, up from 12,000 in 2009. An estimated 150 NFL players, including Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, will wear the helmet this season. The model is also worn by several major college teams including Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), Oregon, Florida, UCLA, Stanford.
The NFL currently has a licensing agreement with Riddell helmets that expires after this season. While players have a choice of what brand they wear, Riddell is the only brand whose equipment name can be displayed during games.
"I think the Xenith helmet is really going to revolutionize pro football and grassroots football as more people get exposed to it,'' Moon said. "So far, through all the tests that have been done, it has shown it is superior to any other helmet on the market.''
Ferrara was an All-Ivy League selection for the Crimson, and his experience with head injuries prompted him to pursue his medical and MBA degrees from Columbia and to subsequently attempt to heighten awareness of head and brain injuries.
"They're like shock absorbers work on a car, it lightens the friction of the blow,'' Moon said of the cushioning system in Xenith helmets. "It really is designed to protect the major spots on your head that might have some type head collision. ... It's very innovative and one of the safest helmets because of the way it's designed."
"The big thing with me is just kind of getting the awareness out there, because the players should have access to whatever is on the market that is best for them to wear. ... I won't be out there going one-on-one trying to recruit guys to wear the helmet. But they'll definitely know that I'm out there as far as the information that we're putting out.''
It's a test market which you hope in Mike Vick's case never really gets put to the test. But I'm glad that at least the Eagles are looking at new technology to protect their players' brains. It's just another part of the learning process in preseason 2012.
We are here not just to entertain, but also to educate...
Its a lazy sunday afternoon here...
I feel a bit more entertained than educated...
But as the Blight winds down, just remember the most important thing in life...
Don't overcook stuff, all the nutrients and goodness goes, and it just tastes bland and sometimes burns
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@Dr Funt better smoke two this time Jnr... calm dem frayed nerves
@beanstalk Beans if my actual reputation was on the line here I would have frayed nerves... I am calm, I just like arguing with people like Bri on the internet... In real life I do not talk to them, they are mostly concerned with other people rather than themselves and will just bring you down with them... That's why I say I am much different in real life... I do not even entertain it... Here its kinda funny to Jive with the "Bri's" of the world in real life even entertaining the guy is a lose, lose situation for both of you...
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@atvcar sorry.....but you can't say tomahawk to a native american. Beaano probably doesn't know, that back in the 1800's, native americans like me, atv, and bri, were often killted by tomahawks, by Indians (Redskins....To the NFL)
When the natives had a disagreement... They take turns Hitting each other over the head with it...
Last man standing was right after all....
Saved quite a few arguements too!!!
@beanstalk @atvcar because as native americans (white people, to the layperson) you australians shouldt say stuff like dat.....because its aa stereo typo.
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@atvcar Agreed. I do not want him to like me. He does not deserve my respect...NOW CHUT UP! CHUTTING UP!
@Dr Funt Oh, believe me that I have no misgivings that he will ever like me either... But, that's ok... He doesn't need to and I don't care if he or anyone else does either... I'm just trying to make things more peaceful and good mojo for the new season.
@atvcar Did you read what I said to him... He is not gonna be liking me ever LOL
@atvcar You are no longer his most hated person, MUAHAHAHA! I shall reign victorious!
Ok... In lieu of TC starting and a new football season almost upon us I am offering a one time limited offer to bury all hatchets and let bygones be bygones... Anyone I've offended intentionally and more importantly unintentional I apologize.... Even sunny. No hard feelings... But I'm a superstitious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall me in some post where I'm called an ugly american, stupid, a dikhead, an AA, or something truly vulgar like a giants fan,.. them I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive. But, that aside, let me say that I swear, that I will not be the one to break the peace we've made here today... Whoswiffme?
@atvcar shutup atv.....we weren't supposed to say this until the first preseason game......when funt's, beano's and palmys offseason initiation is over, and we let them in on "the joke"!
@atvcar you did this last year during Huddox's "secret test". Huddox passed, and won rookie of the year! I don't know about these 3 yet.
you tew aren't gonna make us run down the road naked or something embarrassing like that - would you?
Haha....funt had a funny auto-correct.....he tried to call Bri a hippy, but it came out 'hippo'. Normally that wouldn't be so funny.....but when you finally see bri's face, you'll "get it".
@Brozer8 Me? I meant hippo
@Brozer8 Its a Fine nickname.... Laden with juicy Pun, which the PC side of the bored gobble up(hungry hippos was kick ass board game..)
They are ugly, Have huge mouths AND run really fast.... They like to trample people for no reason too!
@briview LOL coming from you... a no lifer...
@beanstalk HAHA oh man thats funny and true... Bri you hippo.. he also eats anything... would probably be able to share territory with a cold blooded creature...