The NFL is instituting a new rule that requires all players to wear thigh and knee pads. That has lead to lots of grumbling and groans from NFL players. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is probably more concerned with the new “crown rule” that prevents running backs from leading with the crown of their helmet.
Peterson is calling out players complaining about the pad rule though.
“I’ll call BS on that,” Peterson told Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com. “It’s like, ‘You’re a National Football League player. If a pad that doesn’t weigh but a couple of ounces slows you down, you don’t need to be playing in this league.’ Like, come on now. Seriously.
“Guys like to be pretty, not wear the thigh pads and knee pads, but it protects you. There have been plenty of times I got hit in my knee and when I had my pants pulled up too high and that pad wasn’t there to protect it. It didn’t feel good. So I make sure I keep my pads pulled down and covering my knee just to be able to protect my body.”
Adrian apparently really likes pads and his teammates know it.
“The guys who are around me know: ‘Shoot, Adrian wore every pad there is — elbow pads, forearm pads.’ They’re surprised I don’t have a neck roll on,” Peterson said.