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The Difference a Facemask Can Make

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On the other hand, I hated the look of Dan Marino's, as well, but for the opposite reason. It was too much face mask for a quarterback...

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FUN FACT: Byron Leftwich is the only current NFL player to still wear the marino style mask

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I would wear this to avoid having my face rearranged. Troy Aikman wore this toward the end of his career.

On the other hand, I hated the look of Dan Marino's, as well, but for the opposite reason. It was too much face mask for a quarterback...

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FUN FACT: Byron Leftwich is the only current NFL player to still wear the marino style mask

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I've always viewed that mask as the "Big-armed, but completely immobile" QB mask. Dan Marino, Drew Bledsoe, Jeff George, Scott Mitchell, Ryan Leaf, Byron Leftwich, Brad Johnson, etc...

Of course, there are some exceptions, like Steve Young or Randall Cunningham (both for a little while), but it doesn't really help my mental picture of the mask.

Add Lynn Dickey of the Packers to that list. Both for wearing the mask and for being "big-armed, but completely immobile."

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Lynn Dickey actually wore a different mask

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Lynn Dickey actually wore a different mask

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I was actually going to bring that one up. The Packers of that era had a lot of facemasks like this which I associate with them and don't recall seeing on too many other teams. Paul Coffman had a particularly unusual one that I don't think I've ever seen on anyone else.

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I was putting together a souvenir program at my design job and had to place these 2 photos. Looking at the two photos side by side, I realized just how much better #8 looks (and it's JUST because of the style of facemask!) Personally, based on my avatar, I'm sure you can see why I love this team's helmets so much. :winner: Am I alone on this or do you also believe that a facemask can make a helmet look more/less visually appealing?

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So Wagener-Salley is the War Eagles, but uses Alabama's helmet design...

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Dickey also wore the Marino-style mask. Thought I remembered that.

The logo sitting right on the earhole is awful.

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Lynn Dickey actually wore a different mask

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I was actually going to bring that one up. The Packers of that era had a lot of facemasks like this which I associate with them and don't recall seeing on too many other teams. Paul Coffman had a particularly unusual one that I don't think I've ever seen on anyone else.

coffman0001_20091115962.gif

Yeah, those were the facemasks made by Riddell. Many of the Bengals players during that era wore those, most notably Cris Collinsworth and Pete Johnson.

For some reason, I kinda like them. Nostalgia, probably.

Dickey also wore the Marino-style mask. Thought I remembered that.

The logo sitting right on the earhole is awful.

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Wonder why he changed his number?

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I was putting together a souvenir program at my design job and had to place these 2 photos. Looking at the two photos side by side, I realized just how much better #8 looks (and it's JUST because of the style of facemask!) Personally, based on my avatar, I'm sure you can see why I love this team's helmets so much. :winner: Am I alone on this or do you also believe that a facemask can make a helmet look more/less visually appealing?

Malcolm_-_HSSR_zps92365b79.jpg

RJ_Tyler_-_HSSR_zps9edc5dc9.jpg

So Wagener-Salley is the War Eagles, but uses Alabama's helmet design...

Very clever... but Hey.... Greer uses both the Georgia G and the GT Yellow Jacket logo. It's high school after all.

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Lynn Dickey actually wore a different mask

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I was actually going to bring that one up. The Packers of that era had a lot of facemasks like this which I associate with them and don't recall seeing on too many other teams. Paul Coffman had a particularly unusual one that I don't think I've ever seen on anyone else.

coffman0001_20091115962.gif

Yeah, those were the facemasks made by Riddell. Many of the Bengals players during that era wore those, most notably Cris Collinsworth and Pete Johnson.

For some reason, I kinda like them. Nostalgia, probably.

The Bengals of the late 80's wore these thin, boxy riddell masks and it feels like they were the only team to do so.

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Lynn Dickey actually wore a different mask

Dayf+Lynn+Dickey+1.jpg

I was actually going to bring that one up. The Packers of that era had a lot of facemasks like this which I associate with them and don't recall seeing on too many other teams. Paul Coffman had a particularly unusual one that I don't think I've ever seen on anyone else.

coffman0001_20091115962.gif

Yeah, those were the facemasks made by Riddell. Many of the Bengals players during that era wore those, most notably Cris Collinsworth and Pete Johnson.

For some reason, I kinda like them. Nostalgia, probably.

The Bengals of the late 80's wore these thin, boxy riddell masks and it feels like they were the only team to do so.

nfl_u_iwoods_400.jpg

69.krumrie.alt.jpg

Well the Bengals are notoriously cheap. Once Riddell started making facemasks (other than the plastic one and two bar models) they would provide them for free when the team bought the helmet. Unless a player complained and wanted a specific Schutt facemask they would just use those "freebie" Riddell facemasks.

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That's two taped together...

I've seen other shots of that helmet/mask before, but check out the guy behind him on the left - he also has a similar taped together mask but it's made of Schutt parts instead of Dunguard parts.

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Lynn Dickey actually wore a different mask

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I was actually going to bring that one up. The Packers of that era had a lot of facemasks like this which I associate with them and don't recall seeing on too many other teams. Paul Coffman had a particularly unusual one that I don't think I've ever seen on anyone else.

coffman0001_20091115962.gif

Yeah, those were the facemasks made by Riddell. Many of the Bengals players during that era wore those, most notably Cris Collinsworth and Pete Johnson.

For some reason, I kinda like them. Nostalgia, probably.

The Bengals of the late 80's wore these thin, boxy riddell masks and it feels like they were the only team to do so.

nfl_u_iwoods_400.jpg

69.krumrie.alt.jpg

Well the Bengals are notoriously cheap. Once Riddell started making facemasks (other than the plastic one and two bar models) they would provide them for free when the team bought the helmet. Unless a player complained and wanted a specific Schutt facemask they would just use those "freebie" Riddell facemasks.

That was the exact reason they wore those. The masks were free with the helmets. Take a look at the '88 Bengals. Dang near all of them wore the Riddell masks. There was an article that I read several years ago, during the Bengals lean years that brought this point up. The penny pinching started before Paul Brown died. A friend of our family is Bruce Riemers, who played on the '88 team. He has shared many stories of how cheap the Bengals were back then.

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Lynn Dickey actually wore a different mask

Dayf+Lynn+Dickey+1.jpg

I was actually going to bring that one up. The Packers of that era had a lot of facemasks like this which I associate with them and don't recall seeing on too many other teams. Paul Coffman had a particularly unusual one that I don't think I've ever seen on anyone else.

coffman0001_20091115962.gif

Yeah, those were the facemasks made by Riddell. Many of the Bengals players during that era wore those, most notably Cris Collinsworth and Pete Johnson.

For some reason, I kinda like them. Nostalgia, probably.

The Bengals of the late 80's wore these thin, boxy riddell masks and it feels like they were the only team to do so.

nfl_u_iwoods_400.jpg

69.krumrie.alt.jpg

Well the Bengals are notoriously cheap. Once Riddell started making facemasks (other than the plastic one and two bar models) they would provide them for free when the team bought the helmet. Unless a player complained and wanted a specific Schutt facemask they would just use those "freebie" Riddell facemasks.

That was the exact reason they wore those. The masks were free with the helmets. Take a look at the '88 Bengals. Dang near all of them wore the Riddell masks. There was an article that I read several years ago, during the Bengals lean years that brought this point up. The penny pinching started before Paul Brown died. A friend of our family is Bruce Riemers, who played on the '88 team. He has shared many stories of how cheap the Bengals were back then.

I'm pretty sure the chargers had or still have a similar reputation when it comes to expenditures on overhead.

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