Gold Meritorious Patron
Given that I played in the LATE 60s, I saw some of those "improvements" like forearm pads you could use as clubs, full face masks so you could REALLY spear someone in the sternum, the neck rolls and a few others. And yes, despite the pain in my neck which is constant, I loved it too.
Yep...Hand and forearm "Rip-up Pads", "Cages", etc. were a great invention. O & D Interior Line was a sure enough nasty business.