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Why Justin Tuck looks like a space creature

6/15/2012

If you've seen photos of the new face mask New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck plans to wear this year, you may have mistakenly thought you were seeing an ad for "Prometheus."

Tuck's new face mask makes him look like a terrifying outer-space alien come to wreak havoc on unsuspecting astronauts on a floating space station. But while that might be reason enough to wear it, that's not the motivation behind the bizarre new design. Per Giants.com:

"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."

If so, they'll have to ask equipment director Joe Skiba, who sketched the designs before sending it off to the manufacturer, Schutt Sports. And once it was ready, Skiba says, the question became when to debut it. The cat came out of the bag on Tuesday and there's no turning back.

"The idea is he doesn't want to get grabbed," said Skiba. "But then it becomes one of those situations where when you make a facemask with so many bars like that how much weight is going to be too much weight. So what Schutt did was we made that out of titanium, which is light as a feather. You can feel his helmet now, it feels just as light."

Sounds like a nifty solution to the problem Tuck believes he was having last year, with people grabbing and twisting his face mask and aggravating his neck injury. My big question is how he can see out of that thing, but I have to imagine he's thought of that as well and that it passes whatever tests he's put it through. And if it doesn't work, yeah, I imagine he'll be a huge hit at Comic-con.