It Costs Six Figures To Dress A College Football Team


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Based on research by, it costs the University of Nebraska approximately $1,000 on average to fully equip each football player for a game. For home games in Division I college football that would equate to $105,000 worth of equipment for home games in which 105 players can dress.The most expensive pieces of equipment are the helmet and shoulder pads. The Helmet can cost as much as $340, including decals. The shoulder pads can reach $350, depending on the position the player plays.

Much has been made in recent years about how much money college football teams make and whether or not the athletes should be paid. And we have already seen that the biggest football programs spend millions on their teams.

So in the grand scheme of things, the cost of protecting the players on the field is just a small drop in the bucket.

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