Russell Athletic Football Shoulder Pads are Made from Boeing Leftovers

By: Meghan Young - Sep 3, 2014
References: carbontekshoulderpads & theverge
What do planes and football have in common? Well, until the birth of Russel Athletic's latest line of football shoulder pads, nothing. Yet someone was genius enough to strike up a partnership between the sports brand and Boeing, which has resulted in carbon fiber leftovers being used to make aerospace-grade equipment for players.

Dubbed Carbontek, the football shoulder pads boasts superior strength-to-weight ratio that sets them apart from more traditional designs. Of course, the unparalleled protection comes at a hefty cost. As The Verge puts it, the carbon fiber football shoulder pads will be "around the same cost as a coach ticket on an actual 787 [dreamliner]." Yet the safety this groundbreaking technology affords is priceless. Many will also be attracted to its eco friendly initiative.