Founded by John Tate Riddell, Riddell is an Illinois-based sports-equipment company best known for creating the first plastic suspension football helmet in 1939. Today, Riddell is the official helmet of the NFL, and its athletic gear is used in a number of sports including footba ... Read More ll, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Riddell carries varsity helmets, youth helmets, face masks, helmet accessories such as chin straps and jaw pads, varsity shoulder pads, youth shoulder pads, football body pads, and game and practice wear such as stock jerseys, girdles, and belts. Riddell also carries many footballs, including the RDJ Junior Football, the RDP Peewee Football, and the Youth Rubber Football. Additionally, Riddell sells many NFL, college, and MLB fan-shop products.