By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on June 11, 2014
The NFL banned 'Bane' facemasks in 2013. Why? Because it's the No-Fun-League. But that doesn't mean there haven't been great/bizarre facemasks throughout the history of the league.
Here are 15 of the craziest looking facemasks in NFL history:
Blount is the most recent NFL star to unveil a unique facemask. He nailed it with the dark visor/Hannibal Lecter combo. Truth be told, his helmet is the inspiration behind this slideshow.
Hillis might be a victim of the Madden curse, but at least he still has one sweet-looking facemask.
It's safe to say that Ware won't be using a version of this odd-looking helmet in Denver.
Csonka was a classic 1970s running back/fullback, so of course he had to rock a helmet that fit his role. That thing is everything a piece of 70s athletic equipment should be.
Lewis decided to bust out this grid style helmet for his farewell tour in the 2012 playoffs. He didn't take it off until he won SB 47.
You'd think this a photo from the 1980s, considering the single bar and sweet stache, but it's not. It's actually from 2007.
Namath just looks weird all around in Rams gear. That helmet is definitely straight out of 1977, but also somewhat modern-looking.
Anyone who's created a player on Madden has seen the 'full cage' facemask option. This is that facemask in real life.
Here we have the now infamous Bane mask that was banned by the NFL in 2013. Screw you, Roger Goodell. Screw you.
Anderson kept rocking that single bar helmet up until the very end. This photo is from 2004, and he debuted way back in 1982.
The first thing I think of when looking at Tomlinson's facemask? Darth Vader. I have no idea if that's the look he was going for, and I don't care. It's awesome regardless of the idea behind it.
Here we have the rare double bar facemask. Morten, who happened to debut the same year as fellow long-time kicker Gary Anderson, rocked this puppy until 2007.
Tuck might be the NFL player most closely associated with a unique facemask. It's no doubt a trademark look at this point in his career.
Single bars were common for kickers. But quarterbacks!? This a picture of Joe Theismann rocking the single bar...in the Super Bowl! How the times have changed.
Without question, this is the most bizarre-looking facemask in NFL history. Clearly, it's not Goodell-approved, so Dockett settles for a modern-looking full cage facemask these days.
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