If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, you probably had a friend or a sibling who wore Rec Specs. That friend or sibling likely used “My glasses broke last time I wore them in a game” as a defense when you inevitably made fun of said spectacles. Rec spec enthusiasts often spent more time defending their eye wear than actually playing sports in them. Rec spec wearers are thick-skinned, an essential quality in an athlete. One point for rec specs. They build character.

In 1976 REC SPECS Protective Sports Eyewear was launched featuring exclusive athletic sponsorships from professional athletes, including some of the most beloved basketball players in the country. Moving right along, consider the numerous awesome athletes whose faces have been graced by rec specs. The list is long and dignified, including Eric Dickerson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kurt Rambis. And let’s not forget about those people in your middle school basketball action photos who sported the specs shame-free. Those people likely also had mullets. Another point for rec specs. When you wear ‘em, you’re in good company.

Perhaps even more impressive than the rich history of rec specs which was a  is the staying power of these bad boys. Sure, they’ve evolved over time, but rec specs, in some incarnation, are still alive and well in sports (Amar’e Stoudemire or Dwayne Wade for example).

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