With another Warrior football season about to stand, it is fun to look back at the difference this year’s players will face as they don their gear in the locker room, as compared to what we did when I put on a football uniform 65 years ago.
Our pants were khaki-colored, and we wore these same pants for practice and games, even though our colors were red and white then. These bulky pants had all of your lower body pads built in. Thigh and knee pads went on at the same time you pulled your pants up.
The shoulder pads were made of leather and were about twice as heavy as today’s pads, while not providing nearly the protection that the modern ones do.
The helmets were also made of leather and were painted white. They did not have face masks; broken noses and lost teeth were common.
Our game jerseys were red with white trim and were made of wool. We wore these game jerseys both home and away. What made these even more uncomfortable than just being wool was that they had a long tail that went between your legs and buttoned in the front so you could never get your shirttail pulled out.
It was not until the 1949 season that we got more modern pants and jerseys. The pants were white and the shirts were red. Pads had to be inserted into the pants, just like now.