18. Dick Plasman, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears & Chicago Cardinals (1937-1947)
refused to wear a helmet.
Flat-out refused-that is, until the league made him.
Teammate Hugh Gallarneau claims that, "He
had a piece of cement for a head.
once dove into a brick wall attempting to catch a pass, busted open his
head, and was carried off semiconscious.
first words: "Did we score?
Believe it or not, Plasman
suffered from blindness and post-concussion syndrome until his
death at age 67 in 1981.