According to ESPN.com, via ProFootballTalk.com, a reader named Chance Michaels discovered a full page newspaper article on the National Football League from 1940. So, we shall take a look back at the type of player of that day.
The 1940’s was the first decade that the NFL required players to wear helmets. The helmets of this era were the leather helmets.
As for the rest of the uniform the rest is pretty much the same. The only difference is that the uniforms were long sleeves.
As for the teams the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants are all still in the same city. The Cleveland Rams are the Saint Lois Rams and the Brooklyn Dodgers eventually became the Indianapolis Colts.
As for the players they are all lighter as weightlifting did not become important until the 1980’s and the offensive lineman weighed a lot less as obesity was probably not a huge issue back then as MacDonalds was born in 1940.
In the end, it was an interesting find and hopefully it will remind fellow Americans that there is a big obesity problem.