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    The One-Bar Facemask

    Image of Nick Lowery courtesy of http://media.photobucket.comIn 1955, the facemask was recommended for players by the NFL.  In the beginning, most facemasks were comprised of one-bar.  As the years have gone by, facemasks have become more cumbersome and have had many bars added to them.  Starting in the 1980's, most players, other than punters and kickers, began to stop wearing one-bar facemasks.  Then, in 2004, the NFL prohibited the use of one-bar facemasks for its players.  However, under a grandfather clause, the NFL did permit existing players in 2004 to continue to wear the one-bar facemask.  The last player to don the one-bar facemask was punter Scott Player in 2008. Image of Joe Theisman courtesy of

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