To be fair, Darnell Dockett already scared me. Any large football bro who says things like “I’m just a guy who’s trying to get an alligator” lives in a far different reality than you and I.
But on the football field he’s now one of the scariest man-like things out there. I’m not even sure he’s human anymore. He’s some sort of experiment, and a cross breed with a Star Wars bounty hunter and Bane.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 12, 2013
That’s the new mask Dockett wore for the first time during a fan event Tuesday, when Cardinals fans were invited to watch minicamp practice. Justin Tuck has a similar mask, with the purpose of those menacing diagonal bars being to prevent blockers from getting their fingers — incidentally or not — inside the mask, which could twist the head and lead to a neck injury.
So sure, it serves a purpose, and a good one. Still, I’m pretty sure Dockett will now eat quarterbacks, as simply sacking them has become far too…human.