Darnell Dockett unveils intimidating facemask during Cardinals’ FanFest
The mask, which was the handiwork of Bad-Ass Masks, features six horizontal bars and one vertical in the middle that divides a whopping 18 diagonal bars, nine on each side of the vertical bar. According to the Facebook page for Bad-Ass Masks, this model is named the “Freight Train”.
Dockett’s mask bears resemblance to the Schutt-designed mask worn by New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who began wearing a mask with 12 diagonal bars and five horizontal bars last summer. Tuck began wearing that mask to prevent offensive linemen from grabbing his mask and aggravating a neck strain, though that the mask looked cool certainly expedited the change.
Tuck knew last summer that the look would catch on.
“Everybody is like, ‘Can I get that facemask?’ No, it’s exclusive to me, no one else can have it,” Tuck told the Giants’ official website last year. “But it’s a copycat league in everything people do so I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few of those floating around before we play.”
Since it is a copycat league, we wouldn’t be surprised if more and more players start unveiling more elaborate face masks this season.