We thought they were just for preventing injury and minimising skin irritation, but now we know the real reason GAA players need bicycle shorts in their lives.
This snap, taken at a recent game in Derry, demonstrates how bicycle shorts can spare a player's blushes at a time of potential mortification. If this lad wasn't wearing a pair when an opponent tested the elasticity of his football shorts, the outcome could have been traumatic for all.
Okayyy, alrighty then - all I can say is thank God for under armour @CahairOKane1 @GAAHits @EoghanRua @KilreaGAC pic.twitter.com/ZQ2IIhASso
— Mary K Burke (@MKBurke1) September 20, 2015