Bill Simpson has turned his helmet expertise toward reducing the number of concussions in football. Simpson has been manufacturing helmets for motorsports for years, turning his experience as a drag racer and a driver in the Indianapolis 500 into safer equipment for use at the track, but it wasn't until he met Tom Moore that Simpson began thinking about making football safer. At the time, Moore was working as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts. Moore offered up a few tickets to a game in 2010, and Simpson went. During the game, Colts receiver Austin Collie took a hard hit and wound up out cold.

After the game, Simpson asked for a few helmets for testing and found the gear to be sub par. While some of his work in the motorsports world translates to making safer football helmets, the two sports are very different. One principal remains the same, however: lighter helmets reduce brain injury. As a result, Simpson's prototypes use plenty of light-weight materials, and his youth version weighs about half as much as the current industry standard. Next, Simpson says he'll turn his attention to lacrosse helmets.



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      ZenDriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      I couldn't help but imagine an entire front line wearing the Stig helmet. Quite menacing. Yes, I realize the actual design would be quite different than any racing helmet. Relax, just letting my imagination play.
      Leon K
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some say he once ate a football..... All we know is, he's called the stig!
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those players need all the protection from Bill they can get.
      Don Haines
      • 2 Years Ago
      You guys have no Idea how bad our helmets were! They were made really SUB-Par...now I have 2 bulging disks in my neck and had 3 concussions playing in high school and College.
      Mario
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope it works! Cost should not be an issue or problem for NFL clubs!
      mcrebel
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Simpson company is a great organization. This should be helpful for football.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      With my 13-year-old son now playing football, this is welcome news. I would gladly help our school system raise the funds to buy them.
      jmchladek
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do I feel like the STIG from Top Gear was looking right at me as I was reading this article?
      ernie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bill Simpson getting involved in football helmets will be the best thing that happened to football,the man is a genius about safety.
      Dick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Solution is really quite simple...do like they do in racing...put an interior additional liner in the hemlet that is like the safer barrier in race track racing....
      • 2 Years Ago
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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome.
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