In the News
June 19, 2017
Paul Lukas / ESPN
I'm sitting on a stool in the middle of an office, wearing a football helmet shell while a guy is pointing a gadget at me that looks a bit like an iPad with handles.
"Keep looking straight ahead," he says as he circles around me, waving the gadget like a magic wand. "Try not to move too much."
After about 30 seconds of this, I remove the helmet and replace it with a thick, uncomfortable hood, sort of like an industrial-strength ski mask, and the whole process repeats, with the guy once again circling around me with his gadget.
The guy is Patrick Friel, a product manager for the football helmet manufacturer Riddell. The gadget -- one of only nine currently in existence -- is a scanner, and Friel is using it to create 3-D images of my head. After the second round of scans, we look at some digital images of me that the scanner captured.
June 19, 2017
Julie Cornell / KETV
More than a million high school students play full contact football. But some may argue the very future of high school football is on the line because of the risk of concussions and brain injury.
That’s why Creighton Prep is adding a higher level of surveillance to its football program, as the first in the state to outfit the entire team with high-tech helmets made by Riddell, called “Insite.” It’s a system that’ll cost $80,000.
June 14, 2017
Colin Rose / Sport Techie
The University of Texas football program has garnered much attention since hiring new head football coach Tom Herman last November. Aggressive recruiting and promoting new player lockers has helped Herman make plenty of headlines since his arrival in Austin. But one of his most recent tweets displayed his team’s strong commitment to player safety, using innovative technology from helmet manufacturer Riddell.
June 09, 2017
Matt De Silva / Sport Techie
Riddell, a leading football equipment manufacturer, announced Wednesday the addition of Peyton Manning as a strategic business advisor and brand ambassador.The legendary quarterback will aid with product development, community and charitable initiatives, internal programming, and special projects directed by Riddell’s executive leaders. Manning will help amplify Riddell’s contributions in protective equipment innovation.
June 09, 2017
Riddell added legendary football player Peyton Manning as a strategic advisor to the business. In addition, Manning will be Riddell’s first-ever brand ambassador supporting the football community.
May 27, 2017
Brett Williams / Mashable
Riddell, the company behind the helmets worn by around 60 percent of NFL players, will use a new 3D head-scanning process on each player who wears its new Precision Fit headgear. To be sure there are other innovations in helmet tech, but unlike just about every other helmet design on the market, which use inflatable pads that are adjusted manually by handheld air pumps, the inside of the Precision Fit models have a custom-fit liner system made of "energy managing materials" built according to the personalized scan data of each player's head.
May 26, 2017
Roosevelt Leftwich / Fox 8
It's a name that is synonymous with football. About sixty percent of the NFL and more than half of all college and high school teams use Riddell helmets made in Lorain County. At peak season, about 500 people can put together about 2,000 helmets a day at its new North Ridgeville plant. “We were able to start with a blank slate and redefine how we wanted this plant organized and how we wanted it to be laid out and that's helped tremendously," said plant general manager, Ben Marker.
May 24, 2017
Michael Fitzpatrick / North Ridgeville Press
Approximately 4,000 people – some waiting as long as 30 minutes to get inside – toured the new Riddell facility during a public open house of the football helmet maker’s new North Ridgeville home May 21. Riddell moved from Elyria into the 347,205-square-foot facility on Center Ridge Road a couple of months ago. North Ridgeville was able to woo the company in part because of a tax incentive package. The new plant, which took less than a year to complete, takes care of painting and polishing the helmets, many of which end up protecting NFL and college football players. The shell of the helmets are made in Twinsburg.
May 20, 2017
Tim Hines / Yahoo Sports
Riddell is hoping to change the safety of the game of football with their new Precision-Fit technology.
May 18, 2017
Maggie Gray / SI Now
Riddell's Thad Ide and Pat Friel joined host Maggie Gray for a segment on SI Now that went live on Thursday on SI.com. The video featured Thad walking Maggie through the Precision-Fit technology while Pat scanned the show’s producer. In addition to touching on Riddell’s five year product roadmap, Thad shared that players across all levels have never been more cognizant of what brand and model helmet they are wearing on the field. Video starts 20:57.