During the NFL’s opening game between the Chiefs and Texans, Kansas City coach Andy Reid became a meme after people mocked his face shield.
While people were supportive of Reid covering his face, helping to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, they couldn’t help but laugh at the fact his face shield progressively became foggier throughout the night. Reid himself said after the game that wearing it was “brutal.”
After seeing how much of a problem it was, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he gave up on his plan to wear a face shield like Reid.
But in Week 2, Reid was back with the face shield and this time it didn’t cause any problems. His shield stayed clear throughout the entire game, and didn’t fog up like it did the week prior. So what changed? Reid added some advanced technology to his shield.
Why isn’t Andy Reid’s face shield fogging up?
Reid’s face shield isn’t fogging up anymore as the result of technology used in the National Hockey League. The interesting part is Reid is still using the same face shield he used in Week 1 that caused him problems, but Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright used a product that hockey players use to defog their masks, according to ESPN.
ESPN’s report doesn’t say what exactly Reid used, but it could be something as simple as shaving cream. Shaving cream, shampoo, dish soap and other simple remedies have worked to avoid fogging on goggles. However, it’s not clear if Reid is using one of those simple products, or something more advanced.
Reid’s face shield may become a trend among NFL coaches moving forward now that he’s found a way to not make it fog. NFL coaches have been seen not wearing face coverings throughout the first two weeks of the season. Coaches were warned by the league office after Week 1, and four coaches received fines in Week 2 for not properly covering their face.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio, who was among the coaches fined, said he might try out Reid’s face shield.
“I’m going to consider that,” Fangio said this week when asked about Reid’s face shield. “I was going to use it the first game of the season but late in the process decided not to.”