Air up there

We received a question about why players get air pumped into their helmets before games. Here’s your answer.

According to the Seahawks equipment staff, the air is pumped in to make the helmets fit more snugly since players’ heads are different shapes. While there are different sizes of helmets for the various sizes of heads, players’ heads are still uniquely shaped enough that pumping air into the padding is a necessity for safety reasons.

“It’s done to certify the fit,” head equipment manager Erik Kennedy said. “We don’t do it to make the helmets tighter but just to make sure it fits right.”

Before the game on Saturday, assistant equipment manager Derin Lazuta pumps air in the helmet of tailback Julius Jones so it fits more snugly. [Photo by Rod Mar,]

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