Sports The evolution of Andy Reid's face mask, from foggy shield to Chiefs-patterned cloth

11:25  17 january  2021
11:25  17 january  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Andy Reid standing on the sideline in a full face shield while thousands of fans attended a football game in the middle of a pandemic was easily the most hilarious juxtaposition sports has given us this year. Kudos to Reid for trying to protect himself. In many ways he helped set an example for people.

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On the very first night of the 2020 NFL season, Andy Reid's face shield kept fogging up. It was one of the stories of the Chiefs' season opener.

Since then, Kansas City first figured out how to stop Reid's shield from fogging up before he moved on to a cloth facemask instead. It's never been a narrative before, but now how NFL head coaches cover their faces on the sideline is a major storyline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reid's face coverings have been particularly noticeable because of the prowess of the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.

K.C. has a chance to make a run at the Super Bowl as potential repeat winners, and Reid's offensive genius will be on display frequently during the postseason. So too, therefore, will be his facemask. Here's a look at how Reid's face coverings have evolved through the season.

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NFL fans had so many jokes about Andy Reid ' s foggy face mask . One notable difference between this season and last? Of course there are precautions being taken with COVID-19 still a concern, and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid decided to wear a face shield while on the sidelines.

Reid ’ s face shield repeatedly fogged up in the humid weather at Arrowhead Stadium, prompting social media users to question whether the Chiefs coach could even see the action on the field. In a post-game interview, Reid acknowledged that his protective equipment would need some adjustments in

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Andy Reid's fogged-up face shield

As defending Super Bowl champions, the Chiefs played on Thursday night, Sept. 10 against the Houston Texans. Reid's initial choice to cover his face was a clear plastic shield, probably so that those who needed to see his mouth talking could do so easily.

One problem: It was muggy at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City and Reid's breath kept fogging up the face shield. That led to Reid fidgeting with it throughout the game, often lifting it up for moments to make playcalls or see clearly. He called it "brutal" afterward. And yes, the whole to-do was a big hit on Twitter.

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid ’ s face shield got a much-needed upgrade after a test run. After the Chiefs ’ 34-20 win over the Texans last week, in which Reid was Rams coach Sean McVay told ESPN that he might keep his normal mask this week in Los Angeles’ game against the Eagles or use a gaiter

Reid wore a Chiefs hat with an attached face shield , and the shield fogged up noticeably. " Andy Reid should have stopped by Autozone and got some RainX," said one Twitter user. Tweeted another, " Andy Reid ' s mask has been the best part of COVID-19."

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Andy Reid's clear face shield

On the bright side, the Chiefs fixed Reid's face shield before Week 2.

According to ESPN, Kansas City equipment manager Allen Wright used National Hockey League technology to prevent the shield from fogging up. Essentially, a substance was used on the shield, possibly shaving cream, shampoo or dish soap, that wouldn't let Reid's breath condense on it.

It's not clear what the substance specifically used by the Chiefs was, but it definitely worked: There wasn't any more fogging up of Reid's face shield.

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Andy Reid's cloth facemask

Midway through the season, the NFL updated its protocol so that coaches could no longer wear just face shields and had to have a definitive mouth covering while on the sideline. That meant Reid switched over to a cloth mask.

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Chiefs head coach Andy Reid put on a face shield at the beginning of the game, which looked hilarious to begin with. But almost immediately, the shield fogged up – and remained that way for the rest of the game. “That was brutal,” Reid said afterward.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid will once again wear a face shield during Sunday' s game against the Chargers, but he will also use a product used by hockey But Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright has secured and deployed a product that hockey players use to defog their masks , Reid said over the

There've been two that Reid has sported in the second half of the season, a red one pictured at the top of the article and the black one shown just above. Reid's mask in particular fits his face very snugly, and one angle even appears to show Reid's black mask having a drawstring.

In all seriousness, Reid's had a lot smoother ride with his face coverings than some coaches who simply can't seem to keep them on (we're looking at you, Jon Gruden).

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