Darnell Dockett Unveils New ‘Ridiculous’ Facemask

Darnell Dockett Unveils New 'Ridiculous' FacemaskImagine Darnell Dockett was asked how many bars he wanted on his facemask, to which he replied, “All of them.”

‘Design and motivation’

Of course, that kind of design draws comparisons to the other NFL player rocking bars on their facemasks. New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck immediately comes to mind.

If you are wondering why Tuck decided to depart from the wide-open look of conventional helmets, it’s to protect his neck from being twisted by players grabbing at his facemask. The design and motivation behind the facemask was covered in a 2012 report over at Giants.com. In it, Tuck pretty much foretold the future.

‘Ridiculously over-designed’

“Everybody is like, ‘Can I get that facemask?’ No, it’s exclusive to me, no one else can have it,” Tuck said. “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.”

Yahoo! Sports reports the grill comes by way of Bad-Ass Masks. They call this version the “Freight Train” over at their Facebook page. Brace yourselves—ridiculously over-designed facemasks are coming.

Do you like Darnell Dockett’s “ridiculous” facemask? Do you think he’ll wear it during the season?

Source: Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report

Image: Business Insider

Pep Talk From Teen Battling Cancer Fuels NY Giants’ Victory

Pep Talk From Teen Battling Cancer Fuels NY Giants' VictoryFifteen years old, with Burkitt’s Lymphoma churning in his stomach, there was Adam Merchant, stepping out after Friday’s practice in front of the New York Giants, his favorite team and Make-a-Wish first choice. Coach Tom Coughlin had charged him with the task of offering a few final words after a week of preparation and the kid didn’t hold back, coming strong before concluding with a most simple message.

‘World champions’

“Play like the world champions you are,” Adam told his heroes.

Around that practice field the words hit hard and hit true, rocking all these big strong football players. The teenager from Barre, Vt. is a fighter, NFL-tough. That much they could all see and respect. His disease is already in a hopeful remission, although the battle has hardly grown easy. You go through all of that and suddenly you aren’t too scared to speak the truth to your team, to hammer home the advice they keep hearing over and over, from Coughlin to every fan they run into around town.

‘Perfect summation’

“Certain people can say that,” defensive lineman Justin Tuck said later, “but when you see this innocent kid say you’ve got to play like a champion … I told him he needs to get into motivational speaking because he inspired us.”

Coughlin took Adam’s statement – play like world champions – and hammered it home during Saturday night meetings at the team hotel and then again during pregame on Sunday. This was the perfect summation. You’re world champions, play like it. So here they came, they said, pushed by the kid’s big words, pushed by the sight of him on their sidelines, this unrelenting teenager.

Did Adam Merchant’s pep talk inspire you, too? Will the Giants win their next game?

Source and Image: Yahoo Sports