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Stay Protected With a Football Back Plate & Rib Protector

Football players need protection from a variety of different angles. Help protect the lower back and midsection with football back plates and rib protectors from DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Features of Back Plates & Rib Protection for Football

  • Excellent coverage and support for targeted areas
  • Help absorb and disperse impact
  • Lightweight, durable designs made with high-quality materials
  • Adjustable features for a more custom fit
  • Ventilation areas for breathability and moisture management
  • Most back plates and select rib protectors attach directly to football shoulder pads

Get a high-quality football rib protector and back plate from a top brand like Douglas®, Schutt® or Riddell®. This collection includes youth and adult sizes.

Grab more gear for the gridiron. Check out the full assortment of football pads and protective gear at DICK'S Sporting Goods, including football helmets and football girdles.

If you find a lower price on a back plate or rib protector somewhere else, we'll match it with our Best Price Guarantee.

Buying Considerations for Football Rib Protectors & Back Plates

Many football positions should consider the added protection of a football rib protector or back plate. Check league requirements before making your purchase.

Back plates and rib protectors are lightweight, durable and designed to help absorb and disperse impact during gameplay.

Rib protection for football includes rib vests, combos and shirts. Rib protectors are made with cushioned foam padding that covers both your ribs and lower back. This padding is especially important for quarterbacks as their torsos are exposed when they drop back and pass the ball.

A rib protector is designed to help provide maximum protection for the torso, ribcage and lower back. Look for a rib protector that can be easily adjusted for a comfortable fit. Some styles feature removable rib pads, so just the back protection is utilized.

Football back plates are designed with foam padding that's enclosed in a plastic shell. A black plate can be an essential piece of equipment for players who are often tackled from behind, including wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs. A football back plate typically hangs from the back of the shoulder pads. Curved back plates are usually more comfortable than traditional flat back plates.

Installation hardware, if needed, is included with most styles. See individual product descriptions for details.