The NFL, not wanting players to look like Darth Vader, does not allow tinted visors without a medical reason. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has a medical reason and wants to wear the visor that he’s been wearing in practice during games as well.
Although Kaepernick declined to say what his medical issue is or which doctor diagnosed him, he told reporters that he needs a visor and is hoping the NFL will allow it.
“I’m going through that process currently,” Kaepernick said, via CSNBayArea.com. “I’m not going to get too much into my medical, but it’s something that was recommended for me.”
NFL rules say, “tinted eye shields may be worn only after the League office is supplied with appropriate medical documentation and approval is subsequently granted. The League office has final approval.”
A handful of quarterbacks have worn tinted visors, and some say it helps keep the opposing defense from reading their eyes. That might mean other teams will hope the NFL won’t grant Kaepernick’s request. Of course, it’s entirely possible that Kaepernick will spend this season holding his tinted helmet while he stands on the sideline.