I know what you’re thinking, Antonio Pierce. You want to wear that visor in the Super Bowl. “It’s just for practice,” you say. Sure it is. Indoor practice, where added UV protection is a must. Don’t play coy, Antonio Pierce — you know the rules. Clear visors only, unless you’re
LaDainian Tomlinson approved by the NFL for an eye condition, be it astigmatism, night blindness, glaucoma, cataracts or just plain being LaDainian Tomlinson sensitive eyes.
Your clear visor is fine, sure. If you get knocked out, the doctors will be able to check your pupils to make the dead or alive call — and that’s important. Being dead probably sucks. You see, Antonio Pierce, it’s a safety call. Roger Goodell is just trying to save you from yourself.
That tinted visor, while awesome and no doubt beneficial during indoor practices, could lead to your early demise if worn in the Super Bowl. And there’s simply not enough time to organize the proper white-number-on-a-black-circle helmet/jersey tributes, add two or three extra guys to the Pro Bowl so they can wear your number, hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Oakley factory, or post a really stirring video tribute on YouTube. Plus you’ll have to wait, like, seven months for your moment of silence, and by then the one for Sean Taylor will just be getting done, and everybody will be tired of moments of silence.
So choose wisely, Antonio Pierce. You could get fined, which isn’t a big deal. You’d cover up Joe Skiba’s excellent raised nose bumper, which would be a shame. Or you could be dead. Do what you gotta do, I guess. — Bryan