Anyone who has ever watched an NFL game knows that equipment is a big part of the sport of professional football. Every part of the player's body is covered and protected by some sort of equipment.

Have you ever wondered where all of this equipment comes from, what the players wear or how the team manages the huge amount of equipment that goes into each game? In this article, we'll take a fascinating tour through the locker room of the Carolina Panthers, an NFL team based in Charlotte, NC, and find out just what it takes to suit up on game day -- it all begins with the equipment manager!

Thanks to Atlanta Falcons equipment manager Brian Boigner, Carolina Panthers equipment manager Jackie Miles, and Falcons cornerback Juran Bolden for all their help with this article.