Australian Philadelphia Eagles NFL star Jordan Mailata calls bizarre-looking safety gear 'fake news'
The NFL has made huge efforts to limit head trauma after a high-profile lawsuit, but Australian sensation Jordan Mailata has blown up the so-called “Guardian Caps,” which are supposed to reduce concussions, and called them “fake news.”
The bizarre looking headgear, which fits over helmets, should be used by players in certain positions during the preseason to reduce head injuries.
However, Mailata suffered a concussion during training camp – then destroyed the ineffectiveness of the bizarre-looking grenades.
“The hat is fake news. It won’t stop anything. I’m sorry, NFL. I really mean that though. It didn’t stop anything,” Mailata told an American football pundit Zach Berman.
Aussie NFL star Jordan Mailata has slammed the NFL’s ‘guardian caps’ after failing to protect him from a recent knockout
The ‘guardian caps’ fit over the top of a helmet and are mandatory in the pre-season for some positions, such as attacking linemen
The 203cm, 158kg offensive lineman missed three practices at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp earlier this month due to a blow to the head, but has since made a full recovery.
Following the unprecedented class action lawsuit filed by more than 4,500 ex-NFL players over head trauma, which settled the league for an astonishing $765 million, the NFL has tightened concussion protocols.
But as Mailata’s injury shows, it seems impossible to actually prevent a concussion.
Football fans almost all agreed with Mailata’s comments, although one pointed out that even a ‘small percentage reduction’ could make a difference in the long run.
Fellow Aussie NFL star, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Daniel Faalele, wears a ‘guard’ during practice earlier this month
The league required that offensive linemen, running backs, tight ends, defensive linemen and linebackers must all wear the Guardian Caps during preseason training camps.
Mailata’s offensive lineman Jason Kelce went one step further during practice, covering the cap with a layer of bubble wrap, much to the delight of amused spectators and teammates.
Mailata’s Eagles teammate Jason Kelce covers his helmet and hat in a layer of bubble wrap
Mailata, who played subpar football for the South Sydney Rabbitohs before being selected in the 2018 NFL draft despite not playing a piece of cake, has made the left-wing tackle’s crucial position his own on a dominant Philadelphia offensive line eagles.
So much so, the 25-year-old Aussie is now one of the best tackles in the league.
That point was not lost on one of the NFL’s top analysis experts, Cynthia Frelund, who recently named Mailata at number 10 in her most underrated player list.
Jordan Mailata is now an NFL sensation after growing up in Bankstown and playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs
The big man is tasked with protecting thrilling dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurt’s blindside this season, and the Eagles have a huge shot at taking the NFC East title from an inconsistent Dallas Cowboys unit.
Mailata clearly takes his quarterback’s defense very seriously, with a scuffle during the Eagles recent preseason game that evokes memories of his time as a rugby league player.
Hurts got a dangerous late hit from New York Jets defender Quincy Williams in the side’s 24-21 loss, and Mailata was not happy.
‘I cannot repeat what I have said. All I know was it’s just beep, beep, beep, beep,” Mailata told reporters after the game.
“I wanted to lean forward with my helmet, and then a little warning sign came in, and I didn’t want to go back to (concussion) protocol, so I just went to him. It’s a pre-season game and there’s no room for foul play, especially against my QB.”
Fortunately, Hurts somehow jumped right back up, but teammates, fans and commentators pulled out the foul play, calling it a ‘cheap shot’, ‘annoying’, ‘unwanted’ and ‘trash’.
Jordan Mailata was fired after a foul shot at his teammate Jalen Hurts
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni was even angrier than Mailata.
You could see him yelling ‘that’s fu**ing bulls**t’ on the sidelines of Jets. Surprisingly, coach Robert Saleh even left Williams out there for the next down.
Mailata and his Eagles continue their preseason campaign against the Browns on August 22, ahead of their season opener against the Lions on September 11.