NFL: NFL Players and teams to wear new socks, jackets and shoes
The NFL will wear a new pair of socks, a jacket and a pair of shoes at games next season.
The league said the socks are a response to a growing body of research that has linked wearing socks and other protective clothing to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
“These new socks will provide athletes with additional protection against the spread of foot and ankle injuries, and will help ensure they wear their socks regularly and appropriately,” NFL Chief Operating Officer Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement.
“While the socks will only be available for NFL players, we are pleased to support the wear of socks in sports that we enjoy,” Tannensbaum said.
“The sportswear industry is the best in the world, and we will continue to take steps to promote a safe, enjoyable, and healthy environment for all of our players and fans.”
Socks have become a hot topic among NFL players in recent years.
Last year, several players wore socks to practice.
Some wore the same socks during games.
Last year, the NFL released its first-ever sock-free policy, which allowed players to wear socks while wearing protective gear.
Last month, the league also started a program in which players who had missed practices due to injury could wear socks to rest in their rooms.
The NFLPA has called for the ban on socks to be lifted in the face of growing evidence that the socks prevent heart attacks.
The NFL has had a policy on socks since the late 1980s.
In 2007, the union said it supported the policy.
The players union said the policy was not a knee-jerk reaction and the league had made a good business decision.
“We look forward to working with the NFLPA to make sure we have a strong policy that promotes a safe environment for our players, our teams and fans,” the union’s executive director DeMaurice Smith said in the statement.