Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett unveiled a new facemask at the team's FanFest at University of Phoenix Stadium on Tuesday night. As the photograph above shows, it will be very difficult for opposing offensive lineman to grab hold of Dockett's mask if he wears that this season.
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.