The NFL offers an option for players to wear Oakley slightly tinted pinkish visors for visual acuity and spatial awareness. By enhancing the contrast of colors of the objects in the ground, it creates a better depth perception scenario.
Why are NFL Visors Pink?
The rivalry, competition of the NFL is on such a level that players and teams are constantly looking for an extra edge, either by tactics or pieces of equipment. Players using tinted visors and other accessories has always been a controversial issue and the NFL had to step in to regulate ruling them out of the game.
NFL with Oakley
The NFL banned tinted visors from the game for more than 20 years. NFL announced a four-year partnership with Oakley to make helmet visors allowing players to have the option to wear slightly pinkish, tinted Oakley Prizm shields. Oakley Prizm Clear shields are lightly tinted visors that enhance visual acuity and spatial awareness in players.
PRIZM™ is an Oakley lens technology, designed to enhance color and contrast. By increasing the contrast of colors of the objects on the ground, they seem to “pop” a bit and help to view other nuances in certain color ranges.
This tech is also used in other sports such as golf, hockey. In football, it increases the contrasts of greens and browns. It is a light-management technology to filter light in a way to leverage your natural visual acuity. Highlighting sensitivity can create a lot of color contrast which creates a better depth perception scenario.
Why Were Tinted Visors Banned in the NFL?
NFL players favored them for multiple reasons back before dark visors were banned. The visor literally works as a pair of sunglasses, cutting down on glare and making it easier to see in even the sunniest pitch condition. Also, dark visors blocking eye contact make it almost impossible to predict the next movement of the players, making it a significant advantage.
The safety concern is one of the major reasons the NFL has banned dark tint visors. Time is of the essence in an emergency like a player falling. Team doctors must be able to visually diagnose asap to provide the player with the proper medical help. Also, taking off the player’s helmet could be risky due to a possible head or neck injury.
Why Does the NFL Allow Some Players to Wear Tinted Visors?
The NFL’s no-tinted visor rule is exempted only for players with legitimate medical conditions. Players suffering from migraines or sensitivity to sunlight need a medical exemption to put a tinted visor on their helmets as a replacement for the permitted clear visor.
Why Do NFL Players Wear Visors?
Visors or eye shields are mainly designed for the face mask to protect players from glare or eye injuries, such as pokes. Recently the NFL and Oakley added face shields for the players’ helmets for player safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. Visors can function like glasses to help vision, but unlike glasses that could get knocked off during a game, the visor is likely to stay in place.
Q: How many NFL players wear visors?
Ans: Vice president of NFL Partnerships and Chief Revenue Officer, Renie Anderson, informed that around 700 players used a visor in 2019. Recently, more players in the NFL are using visors for numerous reasons than ever before, despite visors being optional.
Q: Can you wear a football visor in the rain?
Ans: When playing football during snow or rain, the visor hinders the view drastically. Condensation is one of the major causes of fogging inside your helmet visor, and the condition gets worse during the cold weather. Wiping down the visor on the sideline won’t do much for a clear view.
The NFL didn’t explicitly announce allowing the tinted visors in the games. However, players soon began wearing them in games anyway. No action came from the league against it, who seems to have given tacit approval of the new visors. The partnership company Oakley continues to research and develop new visors every season to reduce issues to produce the best possible football visor.