Chiefs head coach Andy Reid wore a face shield on the sidelines of the NFL opener, and instantly became a meme when it started to steam up

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Andy Reid. Getty/Jamie Squire
  • Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid wore a face shield Thursday night on the sidelines of his team’s season opener, which was also the first game of the new NFL season during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Unfortunately for the 62-year-old, rather than praising his commitment to public health, social-media users decided to turn the Super Bowl-winning coach into a meme.
  • Social media went wild over the mask, especially when it started to steam up in the rainy conditions in Kansas City.
  • “I didn’t do very good with that thing,” Reid said, according to CBS Sports. “It will be better with that next time. It will be fixed.”
  • See a selection of the funniest reactions to Reid’s makeshift mask below.
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The Kansas City Chiefs successfully began the defence of their Super Bowl title on Thursday night by beating the Houston Texans, 34-20.

Perhaps the biggest talking point of the night wasn’t something that happened on the field, however, but instead Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s unique — and, to many, hilarious — face-shield cap.

Social media went wild over the mask worn by the 62-year-old for COVID-19 protection — especially when it started to steam up thanks to the rainy and humid conditions in Kansas City.

Reid even acknowledged after the game that while the concept of his anti-coronavirus hat was right, the execution left a little to be desired.

“I didn’t do very good with that thing,” Reid said, according to CBS Sports. “It will be better with that next time. It will be fixed.”