American Football: Where do the black lines on the face come from?


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PixilEyes

To keep the sun/stadium lights out of their eyes.

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nexx

It reduces glare although I'm not entirely sure how it works.

Cheetahs also have black fur under their eyes for the same reason.

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User6060

plus it looks tough :p

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bayrider

I saw it on Man vs Wild. Bear Gryls rubbed charcoal from a camp fire under his eyes in the Sahara.

eyeblack dates centuries apparently.

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L3thal

Good stuff. I wasn't even sure why they used it but now that explains it all.

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