"The only evidence I can offer is on film looking at scenarios and the Super Bowl champions, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, were wearing knee pads in the Super Bowl," said Hanks, a retired four-time Pro Bowl San Francisco 49ers safety. "It didn't hinder them from winning the Lombardi Trophy. Adrian Peterson, the MVP of the league was wearing thigh and knee pads and he's running away from people. The argument tends to ring hollow. Plus, there's equity with every player outside of kickers and punters wearing them. Quite frankly, the film will support that it doesn't slow you down."