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How NFL Equipment Works


On the Road
One of the most amazing aspects of the NFL equipment experience is the away game. Here's a list of everything that travels with the Panthers (and probably most other pro football teams):

  • 53 player bags
  • 40 coach and staff bags
  • 20 personal luggage bags
  • 4 football bags
  • 1 extra jerseys trunk
  • 1 valuables trunk
  • 1 field trunk
  • 2 rain-cape trunks
  • 1 projector trunk
  • 1 screen trunk
  • 2 video printers
  • 1 video-assembly trunk
  • 3 camera trunks
  • 3 camera-tripod tubes
  • 3 empty camera bags
  • 2 tape trunks
  • 1 tent for video printer
  • 1 coach-to-QB trunk
  • 1 tool kit
  • 1 headphone trunk
  • 2 hotel trunks
  • 2 orthopedic-device trunks
  • 1 Gatorade/electrical trunk
  • 1 emergency-crash trunk
  • 1 air-mattress/splints trunk
  • 1 splint bag
  • 1 soft-goods bag
  • 6 10-gallon (38-L) coolers
  • 3 6-gallon (22.8-L) coolers
  • 2 white Igloo coolers
  • 1 folding table
  • 9 clothes hampers
  • 1 extra parts trunk
  • 1 extra clothes/pads trunk
  • 4 extra equipment bags


Several times each season, the team's equipment is packed into a tractor-trailer full of trunks to take on the road. When the equipment gets to the host city, it's unpacked, and then repacked for the return trip home, where it is unpacked again.

And for cold-weather games, add to the list the trunks full of:

  • Skull caps
  • Thermal underclothing
  • Long underwear
  • Thermal socks
  • Four kinds of gloves
  • Muffs
  • Handwarmers
  • Cold-weather cream
  • Heated benches


An Atlanta Falcons equipment bag

All of this equipment is loaded into the luggage hold of the chartered jet that takes the team to the game. It is an amazing process, and a phenomenal amount of work, to keep an NFL team on the field and ready for play.

For more information on NFL equipment and related topics, check out the links on the next page.

Did You Know?
The sports drink Gatorade was developed by Dr. Robert Cade at the University of Florida to "aid" the UF football players -- the Gators.