Kaepernick seeks NFL permission to wear a tinted visor

AP

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.

27 responses to “Kaepernick seeks NFL permission to wear a tinted visor

  1. TV exec: “We want to see their eyes on camera. Don’t let them block their eyes!”

    NFL execs: “Let me cash this billion-dollar check and make that the law of the land.”

  2. Very clever. He doesn’t want opposing defenders to see him stare down the WR whose ankles he’s about to throw the ball to.

  3. It’s really a catch-22 for the NFL. Kaperchokes medical condition is that he stares down his receivers. If a tinted visor would give anyone an advantage it would be Kaperchoke. Seriously, though I played linebacker in college and you were taught to look at the QB’s eyes in zone coverage so I hope the NFL stands firm here.

  4. The coaching staff, after realizing he’s not going to learn to keep his eyes moving, told him to do whatever he has to in order to wear a dark visor.
    One of his problems has always been staring down his first read.
    He’s clearly not able to learn not to.
    It’s pretty obvious. The league should deny his request.

  5. My first thought was the competitive advantage thing – and at this point Kap needs all the advantage he can get. Don’t know what his medical issue is, but if it’s light sensitivity, maybe QBs should be allowed tinted contacts, but not tinted visors.

  6. icallbs81 says:
    Aug 14, 2016 2:55 PM
    My time some says Gabbert playing and real game in the same sentence is higher than a kite

    Hold on a minute. I need to get my Corky to English dictionary.

  7. He can’t read defenses now, how is making everything darker for him going to help?

  8. I have heard of the medical reason he’s talking about. I forgot the name of it, but it involves severe body pain–it results from when defenses read your eyes, cover possible receivers, and the opponent pounds you into the ground like a tent stake. It is painful, for sure.

  9. fredegrar says:
    Aug 14, 2016 2:46 PM
    My first thought was the competitive advantage thing – and at this point Kap needs all the advantage he can get. Don’t know what his medical issue is, but if it’s light sensitivity, maybe QBs should be allowed tinted contacts, but not tinted visors.
    ________

    Tinted contacts are a thing?

  10. Way too many equipment rules in this league. I’m not a fan of this guy, the 49ers, or Chip Kelly, but players should wear whatever color face guard, socks, and shoes they want. The league should control helmet, jersey, and pants – that’s it.

  11. You know, photophobia is an actual condition that can be quite debilitating. I personally suffer from it – bright lights cause me intense eye pain and migraines. Obviously, Kaepernick wouldn’t have a case as severe as mine – or if he does, it’d be caused by an underlying health condition or medication taken to treat said medical condition – but the treatment is still the same, to wear sunglasses or glasses with photochromatic lenses (the lenses that get darker in brighter conditions, which I wear). I wouldn’t say that he definitely isn’t trying to gain a competitive advantage rather than having medical reasons for wearing a visor – it’s not outside the realm of possibility, afterall – but to completely disregard the possibility that he has a very real condition that many peoplke suffer from is quite offensive to both Kaepernick and more importantly, suffers like me.

  12. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has a medical reason and wants to wear the visor

    I support him on this. I’d really like to punch the guy in the face after all of the media (read ad execs) over saturation of the dude.

    Yeah. Put on the visor. Please. That’s a legit medical concern.

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