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I always liked this old-school cage. No frills and a lot of exposure. You could always see the players face. It was only briefly popular with running backs before they started using the model with two bars across the middle.

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Thurman Thomas came to mind as soon as I seen this. Love this look as well.

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Me too. This on the other hand, I have yet to get used to

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I may be just a goofy, young high school kid with no sense of "the past", but this is my favorite facemask. Ever. And you would not believe how comfortable the helmet itself is.

I agree with you that the helmet is very comfortable (even with the regular pads inside) but I prefer (and wear) the mask on the Cleveland speed posted above

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I always liked this old-school cage. No frills and a lot of exposure. You could always see the players face. It was only briefly popular with running backs before they started using the model with two bars across the middle.

harris_franco25_steelers.jpg

Thurman Thomas came to mind as soon as I seen this. Love this look as well.

Didn't Thomas have the two bars across the middle?

When I see this one, I think of Harris, like above, and John Riggins.

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He used that facemask which I think it looked the best on him (like a true RB) until sometime in the 2011 season.

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However he wore this for a very brief time

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Then wore a facemask that's not common for running backs, he started wearing it in the middle of 2011 season before the ACL/MCL injury.

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Despite that, he went on and ran like a true MVP, nearly broke the NFL record. Still don't like that on him, though.

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does it bother anyone else when a player wears a mask thats unconventional for his position? like AP now wearing that 2 bar mask, one that has been popular with QBs and WRs in the past. for me i think it comes back to proportion and space. not just how it looks on the helmet, but because AP is such a big, beefy dude (6 ft, 215???) i think the mask he used to wear suits his build (and position) better.

in the case of Philip Wheeler, his build is fairly good for this mask (one i listed as one of my favorites), but his position (LB) makes it seem really odd and drives me nuts

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For me it's the (by now) old conventional Riddell QB face mask that looks the best:

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That's the face mask I think of when I think "football helmet".

Yep, that's the Riddell Z2B mask and it's the one they use on the full size replica and authentic helmets and also the mini helmets.

My least favorite:

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IMO this is by far the worst mask. For most teams the color never even matched properly. The gray was too dark or the gold was too orangey.

I never liked this one, either. The first Riddell mini helmets and full-size replica helmets used a version of this mask, and they don't sell for as much on ebay as the ones with the Z2B masks.

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I always liked this old-school cage. No frills and a lot of exposure. You could always see the players face. It was only briefly popular with running backs before they started using the model with two bars across the middle.

harris_franco25_steelers.jpg

It all depends on the year - Schutt didn't start doing the facemasks with two bars across the middle until 1981. Everyone who wore that style mask from the 1960s until 1980 wore one like Franco's here; and of course some people continued to wear that older style for a few years after the new-style with two bars came out.

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My least favorite:

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IMO this is by far the worst mask. For most teams the color never even matched properly. The gray was too dark or the gold was too orangey.

This one isn't great, but it doesn't bother me too much. It was light, and as an added bonus, you could dice vegetables with it.

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