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The 15 Craziest Looking Facemasks in NFL History

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15 "Unique" NFL Facemasks

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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:

15. LeGarrette Blount

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15. LeGarrette Blount

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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.

14. Peyton Hillis

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14. Peyton Hillis

New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles

Hillis might be a victim of the Madden curse, but at least he still has one sweet-looking facemask.

13. DeMarcus Ware

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13. DeMarcus Ware

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It's safe to say that Ware won't be using a version of this odd-looking helmet in Denver.

12. Larry Csonka

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12. Larry Csonka

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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.

11. Ray Lewis

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11. Ray Lewis

Wild Card Playoffs - Indianapolis Colts v Baltimore Ravens

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.

10. Scott Player

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10. Scott Player

Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns

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.

9. Joe Namath

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9. Joe Namath

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Namath just looks weird all around in Rams gear. That helmet is definitely straight out of 1977, but also somewhat modern-looking.

8. Harry Swayne

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8. Harry Swayne

HARRY SWAYNE CHARGER

Anyone who's created a player on Madden has seen the 'full cage' facemask option. This is that facemask in real life.

7. Brian Orakpo

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7. Brian Orakpo

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Here we have the now infamous Bane mask that was banned by the NFL in 2013. Screw you, Roger Goodell. Screw you.

6. Gary Anderson

Denver Broncos vs Tennessee Titans - December 25, 2004
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6. Gary Anderson

Denver Broncos vs Tennessee Titans - December 25, 2004

Anderson kept rocking that single bar helmet up until the very end. This photo is from 2004, and he debuted way back in 1982.

5. LaDainian Tomlinson

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5. LaDainian Tomlinson

Atlanta Falcons v San Diego Chargers

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.

4. Morten Andersen

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4. Morten Andersen

Atlanta Falcons v Washington Redskins

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.

3. Justin Tuck

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3. Justin Tuck

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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.

2. Joe Theismann

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2. Joe Theismann

1984  Super Bowl XVIII

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.

1. Darnell Dockett

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1. Darnell Dockett

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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.