13 Best Football Shoulder Pads

List Updated December 2020

Bestselling Football Shoulder Pads in 2020

Franklin Sports Youth Shoulder Pads - Perfect for Halloween Costume

Franklin Sports Youth Shoulder Pads - Perfect for Halloween Costume
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • NOT to be used as protective equipment in football or any other contact sport
  • Perfect for dress-up or costume play to give your uniform an authentic look and feel
  • Non-performance foam and plastic shoulder pads
  • Youth size, best fits ages 3-7 or a shirt size up to size 7
  • Great for under a jersey to show your support on game days throughout the season
  • Perfect addition to your Franklin Uniform Set

Gear 2000 Youth Intimidator Junior Shoulder Pad (Small)

Gear 2000 Youth Intimidator Junior Shoulder Pad (Small)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Intimidator JR, 75-100 lb Shoulder Pad
  • Flat pad construction
  • Non-stretch underarm straps

Youper Sports Shoulder Pads for Kids (Costume) (YL)

Youper Sports Shoulder Pads for Kids (Costume) (YL)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • The youth shoulder pads are not designed for football or any other contact play.
  • They are used for under your favorite team's jersey on the football field on game days.
  • They can be treated as a dress-up or costume play such as Halloween costume, which will give your uniform a real look and feel.
  • Environmental friendly foam wrapped in Polyester fiber cloth enhances durability and plastic shoulder pads provide a very strong appearance.
  • These shoulder pads are designed for kids, YS size is suitable for ages 3-7 and YL size fits ages 7-11.

Schutt Sports Y-Flex 4.0 All-Purpose Youth Football Shoulder Pads, Large

Schutt Sports Y-Flex 4.0 All-Purpose Youth Football Shoulder Pads, Large
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • A lightweight, all purpose design for the exceptional youth athlete looking for varsity style protection
  • Extended body length adds extra protection
  • Designed for all positions on the field
  • Dual-Density padding combined with breathable mesh and 7mm vent holes allows maximum air flow
  • Adjusting elastic belt features attachment to the arches at three points for less movement and consistent protection

CHAMPRO Youth Scorpion Football Shoulder Pads

CHAMPRO Youth Scorpion Football Shoulder Pads
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Great value and protection for youth players
  • High impact PE arch for protection and durability
  • Cantilever design and tempered steel spring disperses impact
  • Adjustable 1" elastic straps
  • Pre-drilled for accessory attachments

Schutt Sports Varsity XV HD QB/WR Shoulder Pad, Large

Schutt Sports Varsity XV HD QB/WR Shoulder Pad, Large
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • High performance arch design to minimize weight
  • Raised corrugations for additional strength and increased air flow
  • Lightest varsity shoulder pads while maintaining high performance standards
  • High density EVA foam for greater impact absorption and durability

Riddell X-Force II JV/Varsity Football Shoulder Pads (X-Small 34"-36"/16"-17")

Riddell X-Force II JV/Varsity Football Shoulder Pads (X-Small 34
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • All-Purpose flat pad design
  • Flat pad design for low profile and improved mobility
  • Quick and easy for players and coaches
  • Smooth epaulets for low profile

Wilson Youth TDY Velocity Shoulder Pads, X-Small

Wilson Youth TDY Velocity Shoulder Pads, X-Small
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Double Density perforated foam padding which provides ventilation
  • Extended inner padding for additional protection of the sternum
  • Anatomic raised corrugations provide structural strength
  • Asymmetrical shoulder epaulets for frontal impact disbursement and greater range of motion
  • Lightweight and durable mesh fabric provides a breathable and quick drying pad lining

Athletic Specialties Adult Football Shoulder Pad Cushion with 1/2-Inch Shock Absorbing Pads, Large

Athletic Specialties Adult Football Shoulder Pad Cushion with 1/2-Inch Shock Absorbing Pads, Large
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Shoulder Cushion designed to fit under shoulder pads.
  • Large adult sized front and rear for superior fit and function.
  • Foam may be cut to remove padding over the clavicle area.
  • 1/2" thick coated vinyl padding.
  • Non restricting under arm straps included.

Schutt Sports Youth Flex 2.0 All Purpose Shoulder Pad, XX-Small

Schutt Sports Youth Flex 2.0 All Purpose Shoulder Pad, XX-Small
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Ideal for youth to intermediate players
  • Allpurpose arch accommodates all positions on the field
  • Treated with an antimicrobial system

ADAMS USA VS500 Varsity Skill Football Shoulder Pads, Medium

ADAMS USA VS500 Varsity Skill Football Shoulder Pads, Medium
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Features a wider front arch and deeper cut for full range of motion
  • Ventilated body cushion maximizes air circulation
  • Body cushion is removable and is treated with an antimicrobial agent
  • Adjustable biothane belts

Adams Adult Shoulder Injury Pad ~ Model # SIP-29 ~ As worn by professional and college football teams

Adams Adult Shoulder Injury Pad ~ Model # SIP-29 ~ As worn by professional and college football teams
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Model # SIP- 29
  • Coated Vinyl 1/2 "
  • Size: 115 - 190 lbs
  • Fits under regular shoulder pads
  • Adams vinyl coated, non-absorbent, easy to clean

EvoShield EvoAlpha Junior Football Shoulder Pads - S

EvoShield EvoAlpha Junior Football Shoulder Pads - S
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

The Top NFL Running Backs of All Time

Of those who have played, eight NFL running backs stand helmet and shoulder pads above the rest.

But there are glaring omissions. Yardage statistics reward longevity as much as genuine impact - putting Curtis Martin over the likes of Earl Campbell, Gayle Sayers, and (sorry) O.J. Simpson. Martin was a durable and productive back, but the man who would take him over any of the other three is not playing on a 100-yard field, if you know what I mean.

My Dallas Cowboy blood runs dark and deep, so I'm obviously pulled from my core to pick Emmitt at the top - but I want to do this objectively.

There are other things to consider than just yardage. Since longevity skews things, I'm going to approach this by looking at it over their most productive three to five-year span. Then, since offensive and defensive schemes of the day dictate a lot of how much they produced, I'll compare them to other RBs of their day. Of course, I'll also consider major accomplishments, records and championships.

So according to their production (yardage and scoring), their dominance (superiority over peers), their impact on the league, and the scope of their individual legacies, here are the Top 8 Greatest NFL Running Backs of All Time:

1. Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns)
Before Sweetness, Emmitt, Barry, Dickerson, Dorsett or even O.J., Cleveland's Jim Brown defined what an iconic NFL player should be on the field. Statistically, Brown ranks eighth in all-time rushing yards (12,312), fifth in all-time rushing TDs (106), eighth in all-time total TDs (126), first in career yards per carry (5.2), and is the only NFL running back in history to average more than 100 yards per game over the course of a career. With three of those records falling fifth or lower, how is Brown the best NFL back of all time? Brown played only nine years, retiring before he turned 29. His best season was 1963 - a year that defenses shut down the ground game. That year, the backs who ranked second through fifth in rushing averaged just 849 yards, while the second-leading rusher ran for 1,018 yards. The top dog, Brown, ran for 1,868 - darn near the league average PLUS his closest competitor. In 2002, The Sporting News not only named him as the top running back of all time, but the best NFL player of all time.

2. Walter Payton (Chicago Bears)
The legendary Mike Ditka called Payton the greatest football player he had ever seen on the field and an even greater human being off of it. At one point, the Bears Hall of Famer owned the career records for rushing yards, carries, and touchdowns. Drafted fourth overall in 1977, Payton broke the 1,000 yard barrier and made the Pro Bowl in just his second season in the league. Chicago fans thought they might finally have a replacement for the legendary Gale Sayers - but even they were in for a pleasant surprise. The next year, Payton exploded for more than 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns and earned the coveted Most Valuable Player award. Over his 13 years in the league, Payton set the league's career rushing record, earned a ring in Super Bowl XX, and created a legion of fans among even the non-Bears crowd. Equally impressive is his durability. Payton missed one game in a 13-year career.

3. Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys)
A diehard Cowboy fan at heart, it was difficult to keep him off of the top, but I think his career deserves placement in the third slot. Besides being the NFL's all-time rushing leader and winning three Super Bowl rings as part of Dallas's infamous "Triplets" (with Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin), Smith notched 11 consecutive seasons with more than 1,000 yards rushing. His most legendary season was in 1993, when he led the league in rushing, won the Super Bowl, and was named NFL Most Valuable player AND Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Smith's style was instantly recognizable but difficult to put into words - part jackhammer, part pinball, part tow truck. Despite criticism that he benefited from a superb offensive line, Smith showed his mettle by playing through terrible pain in critical games, stepped it up when the chips were down, and could not have quit if you set him on fire.

4. Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions)
Like a pinball with muscle, Barry Sanders confused, frustrated, and humiliated defenses like no other back in NFL history. Shifty and slippery, many fans of other teams would tune in to watch Sanders' eye-popping ability to break grips, spin out of tackles, cut so fast that it broke ankles, and squirt out of masses of men who piled up, certain that he was at the bottom. To show his explosiveness, Sanders - who stood just 5'8" tall - slam dunked for ESPN from a flat-footed stance. That ability to summon powerful bursts earned Sanders third place on the NFL's all-time rushing list and 109 touchdowns. Sanders rushed for more than 1,500 yards five times, including four consecutive seasons. But his best season was one of his last - when he rushed for 2,053 yards in 1997 (becoming the third ever to rush for more than 2,000 yards). NFL fans were shocked when Sanders retired at the age of 30, still playing as if he were in his prime.

5. Eric Dickerson (L.A. Rams, Indianapolis Colts, L.A. Raiders)
Somehow, the NFL's sixth-ranked back in terms of all-time yards seems forgotten among today's fans. It's hard to believe, considering that Dickerson not only still holds the record for most rushing yards in a season (2,105 in 1984) and, over his most productive three-year run, averaged 1,910 yards per season. Beyond becoming the seventh back to break through the 10,000-yard barrier, Dickerson did it in just seven years (91 games). Dickerson made the Pro Bowl five times over his 10 full seasons and, at one time, was #2 on the all-time rushing list. Dickerson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year of eligibility. He is the only Indianapolis Colt in the NFL Hall of Fame - as all other Colts are from the team's days in Baltimore.

6. Earl Campbell (Houston Oilers)
Earl Campbell, the "Tyler Rose," destroyed not only NFL defenses, but the NFL's perception of what profile a good running back fits. At 5'11" and 244 pounds, Campbell was strong enough to burst through the line and fast enough to give the defensive backfield a long chase - and then ride. In his first year, Campbell was named not just Offensive Rookie of the Year, but also the NFL's Most Valuable Player. Earl's three-year best rushing average was just seven yards shy of that of Walter Payton. To solidify his legacy, Campbell was named as an Official State Hero of Texas in 1981 - only the fourth person ever to have such an honor bestowed upon them. The other three were Davy Crockett, who fought and died at the Alamo, Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and namesake of the capitol city, and Sam Houston - president of the Republic of Texas, namesake of the city of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and model for the world's largest statue of an American.

7. O.J. Simpson (Buffalo Bills)
Before the infamous white Ford Bronco, O.J. Simpson was revered as one of the greatest players in NFL history. After struggling in each of his first three seasons on pathetic Buffalo teams, Simpson exploded for 1,000 yards for the first time in 1972, then did something no one else had ever done - rush for 2,000 yards - in 1973 (he actually gained 2,003). Three consecutive 1,000-plus-yard seasons followed that 2,003-yard monster (which, over his most productive three-year span, gave him a 1,774 yards per season average). Simpson made the Pro Bowl six times and was named Player of the Year twice. After an injury shortened his 1977 season, Simpson returned but was never the same.

8. Terrell Davis (Denver Broncos)
Sounds ridiculous, right? Terrell Davis, the flash in the pan? Hear me out. Drafted in the sixth round in 1995, Davis came into training camp as the sixth string back and a long shot to make even the practice squad. By the end of training camp, head coach Mike Shanahan had promoted him to starter. He didn't disappoint. Davis's first four seasons all eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark - averaging 1,600 yards and 15 scores and breaking out for a career-best 2,008 yards in 1998. Davis was an integral part of the Broncos only two Super Bowl championships, earning Super Bowl XXXII MVP honors. Unfortunately, his stellar performance in the second Super Bowl was, unbeknownst to no everyone, his final great performance. Devastating knee injuries in 1999 almost ended his career - and did end his run as a real powerhouse back. He retired in 2001, after three injury-plagued, lackluster seasons. Davis's burst of dominance - and his career - were brief, but were spectacular. During those four years, he ran for 1,271 yards and 12 touchdowns in playoff games alone.

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