In the News
November 01, 2017
One Arkansas school recently bought new football helmets with quite the advanced equipment.
Lonoke High School purchased Riddell InSite Helmets for every 7th through 12th-grade football player.
The helmets help monitor for potential concussions, with special sensors that'll alert coaches or staff members if a player sustained a hit within the 95th percentile of hits.
October 30, 2017
Sal Interdonato / Times Herald-Record
Kell Walker plays without fear, whether it’s running the football on the edge or dodging tacklers on kick returns. Yet Walker feels more protected than ever this season thanks to a switch to the latest Riddell helmet.
Assisted by Army’s equipment staff, Walker was fitted with a safe helmet as a freshman last season. His head was too big for a medium helmet and too small for a large one. Director of equipment Nick Determan and his staff sought a helmet for Walker this season that was more advanced.
When Riddell reached out and offered four of its Precision-Fit models to Army, Determan jumped at the opportunity.
October 27, 2017
Paul Lukas / Uni-Watch
Back in June I did an ESPN column about Riddell’s Precision-Fit helmet program. As you may recall, the Riddell people showed me how the program works by scanning my head to create a series of 3-D digital images.
Normally, the next step would be to use those scans to create a helmet with custom-fitted interior padding. But as I noted in that ESPN piece, Riddell had a limited Precision-Fit capacity this year, so there were no plans to make a sample helmet based on my head scans, because that would have used up one of their available helmets for this year.
Later on, however, the Riddell people said they could produce a helmet for me after all, so I could feel for myself how good the fit is. They even offered to make it a Uni Watch helmet. It recently arrived here at Uni Watch HQ.
October 17, 2017
Jack Hochman / Sport Techie
Football equipment manufacturer Riddell is making custom-fitted helmets for players in hopes of improving vision and protection.
Its Precision-Fit technology scans the size and surface of an athlete’s head and converts the data into a 3D model.
October 16, 2017
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune
With youth participation waning and football facing increased concerns over head trauma, the future of the game could well come down to the work being done in a windowless room in a generic suburban Chicago office building.
That’s where Riddell, the nation’s largest football equipment manufacturer, is testing out design innovations and racing its competitors to build a safer helmet.
October 12, 2017
Kari Bustamante / KTUU News
Hearing Peyton Manning speak of the East Thunderbird football team seems like a prize enough on its own, but for the Anchorage prep program it was just the beginning.
Chosen as one of just ten programs across America, the East High School football team earned a $10,000 grant from Riddell for their efforts in implementing safety on the football field.
October 12, 2017
Zach Thaxton / KOAA News
The Monument Blizzard are on Cloud 9. The Pop Warner football team from the Tri-Lakes is one of ten nationwide recipients of a $10,000 grant from helmet-maker Riddell. The announcement of the prize was made by future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
"It was an honor that he took the time out to make the video and address us personally," said Dan Hembree, president of the Monument Blizzard Association. Two months ago, Hembree submitted an essay to apply for Riddell's Smarter Football Program. Some 700 other football programs across the country also applied. "I knew it was a long shot. Lots of people from youth all the way up to high school apply for it," Hembree said.
October 09, 2017
Riddell brought out Peyton Manning to star in a new documentary into its Precision-Fit process to support the launch of its first fully-customizable football helmet, Riddell Precision-Fit.
Riddell noted that this football season, marquee players across major college football and the NFL are sporting the helmet.
Precision-Fit is a state-of-the-art 3D head scanning process used to build a custom-fitting, player-specific helmet liner system. Players’ head shapes are as unique as a fingerprint, so the custom padding added to Riddell’s SpeedFlex model allows for maximum protection, comfort, and improved sightlines.
September 13, 2017
Julie Unruh / WGN News
When a high school with limited resources excels in the classroom and in sports, people take notice, people in high places and even people with super star status.
Bronzeville's Wendell Phillips Academy was shut down in 2010 for poor academic performance. It reopened with an entirely new staff. Seven years later, 100 percent of the high school seniors were accepted to college. Students last year received $12.5 million in scholarship money.
But there's more. They play a mean game of football.
August 18, 2017
Kat / Generations of Savings
As a sports mom I am often asked about how much it costs or how much time does it take in a way that seems like people think it's not worth it. Let me tell you that it is worth every single penny I spent and every second I watch my children play or practice. It is worth every ounce of sweat from me carrying cases of snacks or drinks for the team or trying to keep up with my teenager when he wants to work out together. Its part of my family, its a part of my childhood. All of my sister's played sports and my dad always coached. I read but I always there. I never missed a game. I always knew I would grow up and be the same kind of parent. I wish all kids had that kind of supportive parents like my sisters and I had growing up. My dad really put his all into coaching and making the game fun and my mom always volunteered and tried to get grants to fix up the fields. Riddell is calling on players, coaches, parents and fans to take an active role in advancing the game through the Smarter Football Commitment. This initiative invites members of the football community at all levels to join in a movement to create a safer, better sport through the use of “smarter” tactics on and off the field.