There are two key factors that football players use gloves for – grip and protection.
Players who catch the ball on a regular basis, such as running backs and receivers, use gloves to grip and take control of the ball. They need:
- Soft flexibility for finger movement,
- Tact palms and fingers for gripping power,
- Padding on the back of the glove that doesn’t get in the way of mobility, but does protect against light impact.
These gloves have a protective focus. The lineup starts with their hands on the field, in prime position to be stepped on. In the clutch, the gloves protect against hyperextension, scrapes, and other damage. Linebackers need:
- Thick protection on the backs and palms,
- Stiff, supported fingers to keep them from bending backwards, but flexibility in a forward motion to grab onto opposing players,
- Durability and tough materials to withstand rough contact.