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So Why Do Some Players Wear A Visor?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 9, 2013 – 1:34 pm

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III is one of the hottest players in the league after posting over 4,000 combined yards and 27 touchdowns in his rookie season. Numbers like that are a rare for players transition to the pace of the professional game.

While I am still in amazement of Griffin III’s 76-yard touchdown scamper against the Minnesota Vikings, as we approach the six month anniversary of that play, one thing always stood out to me during that game and every game he appeared in for that matter.

His visor.

I have always wondered why Griffin III, and some of the rest of his teammates wear the protective shields across their faces.

So I decided to take a gander through their playing days to see how long the have been wearing a visor and why they chose to snap one on during game days.

For some its simply a style statement, for others, it might be from past facial injuries. Lets take a look at some of Washington Redskins and their visors.

Griffin III might be the flashiest player in the NFL today with his lethal concoction of a quick release strike and fleeting footwork, opposing defenses struggle to game plan for the AP Rookie of the Year.

His accessories equally match his flair on the football field as he is always sporting a visor and compression sleeve on his left arm.

After going through some pictures of No. 1o’s days in high school at Copperas Cove High School, I noticed that he did not wear a visor, but from during his four year stay in Waco, he wore a clear shield.

So, why the visor?

Well to be honest there is no definite answer as to why he wears it, other than its likely for the style. Or maybe its to block the wind from his eyes when he’s running down field for a touchdown?

Anyways, we do know why 2012 Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Kerrigan wears one.

As he wrote last year during training camp, the 2011 first round selection began wearing one after he was poked in the eye during practice.

Poking Kerrgian’s eyeball may be the only way offensive lineman can stop the Purdue prospect as he leads the team in sacks the last two years with 16.

Trent WilliamsRob Jackson and DeAngelo Hall are also members of the Redskins who donned visors during the 2012 NFC East championship campaign.

To see photos of the Redskins “All-visor team” check out this photo album to relive some of the top moments of the 2012 season by players wearing a visor.

So Redskins Nation, what are your thoughts on players wearing a visor?

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6 Responses to “So Why Do Some Players Wear A Visor?”

  1. By RussianBreadMaker on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Wearing a visor probably feels similar to that feeling you got as a kid when you put on your first pair of GI JOE underwear….instantly cool.

  2. By Mr 49er on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    I think all Qb’s would benifit from tinted visors…why you ask? cus all Line Backers Safties and Corner read there eyes:…seeing what part of the field there look at before they release the pig skin. I have a question….can u use reflective mirrior like tint?

  3. By Antonio moton on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    Wear them for protection or whatever

  4. By Tp on Jun 13, 2013 | Reply

    @ Mr 49er… The totaly reflective mirror tint is banned completely exactly for the reason you stated. The dark tint is also restricted to players with doctors notes. Im not sure abotu the lighter tints…. The restricted the dark tints for safety sighting that trainers need to be able to see the eyes of an injured player to asses concussion or other medical concerns. This is all from my memory reading the rule changes of like 2007 I believe so this may have changed.

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