Football Pads And Other NFL Technology We Owe To The Military

With Super Bowl XLVII coming up Sunday, we take a look at how military tech has changed the game.

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Football and the military have a lot in common: they both rely on strategy, training, and, maybe especially, technology. The comparisons are so apt we couldn’t help but compile a list of some instances when military technology crossed paths with organized football (modern or old-school). Not all of these inventions started with the military, but it’s fair to say that without the military advancing them, football wouldn’t have put them into use. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be seeing drones on every field in a few years’ time.

The Modern Football Helmet
Modern Pads
The Electronic First Down Line
GPS
Drones
Concussion Blood Test
Plastic Helmets For Patton