Something else happened way back in 1956.
The Cleveland Browns had arguably the NFL’s best coach in Paul Brown.
Browns head coach Paul Brown relaying plays to Ratterman
But Brown thought the system was ready for a live game. Giants special teams standout Gene Filipski was positioned adjacent to Topp and translated the Browns offensive plays.
Along with the loss to the Giants, the experience of that first helmet with radio communication could be summed up when after one of the Browns’ failed offensive series Ratterman came over to the sideline and told Paul Brown, “Coach, some guy just got stabbed over on Fifth Avenue.”