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Hike! Watch NFL players pass with Google Glass

ESPN shares Google's futuristic eyewear with pigskin players. The result? Awesome first-person angles and great potential as a learning tool.

Instant replay would never be the same. Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

Imagine a football game decades from now. After defining all the regulations, players could utilize Google Glass-esque headsets integrated into helmets and have a high-tech array of features at their disposal. Coaches could send messages to players and alter plays on the fly or watch first-person footage of a play going down. A world where plays don't get screwed up because of excessive crowd noise.

In a recent segment aired on ESPN, reporter Katie Linendoll shared the Google Glass experience with several NFL players from the St. Louis Rams. The video shows Rams quarterback Sam Bradford's point of view as he throws a pass to running back Tavon Austin -- and then another clip from Austin's view. It's an interesting example of how Glass could provide a new learning tool for coaches and athletes in professional sports.

"I could easily see [Google Glass] eventually being on a helmet and people at home and people in the stadium seeing what the player is seeing," Rams General Manager Les Snead says in the video. "That view of Sam and what he's looking at -- it's going to help the quarterback and all people involved."

What are your thoughts on bringing augmented-reality eyewear to professional sports? In some ways, it could offer an interesting view for training purposes, but also it could serve as a costly distraction during a game.