Friday, December 7, 2012
Under Risk of "Instant Insanity"
The first ever leather helmet in football history was worn in this game.
Navy Midshipman (and later Admiral) Joseph Mason "Bull" Reeves wore what is widely regarded as the first football helmet in the 1893 Army–Navy Game. He had been advised by a Navy doctor that another kick to his head would result in "instant insanity" or even death, so he commissioned an Annapolis shoemaker to make him a helmet out of leather.
Ain't no pussy, that Admiral Reeves.
Take that Roger Goodell.