One of the staples of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2020 season has made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
New to arrive at the Hall: the game-worn hat and face shield of @Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He wore both of these items much of the 2020 season as a part of the @NFL's COVID-19 protocols.— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) February 22, 2021
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Head coach Andy Reid’s face shield became a national topic of conversation as the Chiefs hosted the Houston Texans on opening night of the NFL season.
Reid’s face shield fogged up during the game and was discussed on social media as the nation took in its first dose of regular-season football in about nine months’ time.
“That was brutal,” said Reid in the post-game press conference. “I didn’t do very good with that thing. But, listen, it will be better the next time... it was a bit of a mess, but we’ll get it fixed.”
Following the game, Chiefs equipment director Allen Wright pivoted to a product NHL players use to defog their masks, leading to better success for Reid. The Chiefs head coach eventually turned the face shield in for a typical mask as COVID-19 rules shifted later in the season.
The Super Bowl LIV-winning head coach is sure to join his mask in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, someday.