Hillary Clinton Given Helmet Upon Return to State Department

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A gift of a helmet was presented to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after she returned to work following a month-long absence for health-related issues.

One stomach virus, one concussion and one blood clot later, HRC is back at the helm ... with a football helmet to protect herself from future falls:

A crowd of about 75 State Department officials greeted Clinton with a standing ovation as she walked into her first senior staff meeting since early December.

Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, noting that life in D.C. is often a "contact sport, sometimes even in your own home" then presented Clinton with a gift.

The regulation white Riddell football helmet emblazoned with the State Department seal will come in handy the next time Clinton feels a but dizzy.

She was also given a blue football jersey with "Clinton" and the number 112 - the record-breaking number of countries she has visited as U.S. Secretary of State.

Aides said Clinton was delighted with the gifts but did not try either of them on and the meeting turned to matters of national security and diplomacy.

We all know from Texts From Hillary that she doesn't mess around.

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