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Why Won’t The NFL Allow Players To Wear Large Face Masks Anymore?

Submitted by on July 6, 2014 – 3:35 pmNo Comment

The No Fun League has struck again! Just a few months after announcing that they will no longer allow players to “dunk” over the goal posts after scoring touchdowns, the NFL has revealed that they are banning yet another thing from their game. That thing? The large face masks that many players have started to wear in recent years. Although many players have started to utilize the face masks, which provide additional coverage and protections for players’ faces, the NFL doesn’t want to see them worn anymore. So they are only going to allow players to wear the standard face masks from here on out. And players aren’t very happy about it.

So why is the league banning large face masks from the game of professional football? Well, in this particular instance, it’s not because the NFL wants to kill the fun that some players have had wearing them in the past. Rather, it’s because the league claims that these face masks do not pass many safety tests and might actually be doing more harm than good. When players essentially use their face masks to make tackles or get tackled while wearing them, the NFL has found that they don’t actually provide as much protection as players think. And additionally, the league believes that the face masks encourage players to lead with their heads when making tackles while they’re wearing them. It’s something they obviously want to stop.

With all of that in mind, we don’t blame the NFL for forcing players to wear regular face masks. The league has been sued by former players in the past for head injuries—and continues to be sued by them—so they need to do everything they can to protect current players and stop head injuries from occurring. And if that means banning some of the masks that players are wearing, then so be it. As long as guys can still wear them if they need to for health reasons—the NFL says they will listen to appeals from players who feel they need the masks—then we’re good with it. And after getting over the initial shock, we’re sure players will be, too. It’s for their own good.

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