NFL Trend: Football Players with Long Hair & Braids
Is This New Trend A Touchdown or a Fumble?
Lately I have taken notice of a huge trend sweeping through the NFL's fields...long hair! Rough and brilliant athletes wearing their hair in long locks? Is this insanity? Is this feminine? Somehow, no! And it seems that more and more football players are popping up from every team, displaying their silky mane out of the bottoms of their helmets.
Let us take a look at some of these star athlete's new 'dos.
Clay Matthews Is Fabio?
Chewbaka? No, Clay Matthews! And actually, his long mane is quite gorgeous when it is not sweaty and sticking out from under a Green Bay helmet...it even sort of resembles Fabio's golden locks...yes, I said Fabio! Lately I have been wondering why these macho guys don't just pull all of their hair back in a ponytail? I guess they want to appear more like Celtic warriors than football players? Well, I have to say that the Celtic warrior look is working for this Packer linebacker.
Maybe there is actually a Samson story behind this athlete. In the year of 2010, Clay Matthews scored a touchdown for his team, and he hadn't at all in the year before. Just compare his professional statistics and you will see that his game has improved immensely. I wonder what would happen if we chopped off his hair? Well, I don't want to find out for Green Bay's sake.
Go Tampa Bay! Sorry...I had to put one in there...I cannot mention a Bucs player without rooting out loud! Yes, judge me if you'd like...but we all have a dedication to our home teams.
So let's move on and talk about EJ Biggers' 'do. He is following the new long hair trend that tackling the football industry, but he kind of has a different approach to the trend...braids. He's taking it back to the old school...with a sort of rastafarian twist...I'm diggin' it, my friend. Represent the Bay with those healthy braids!
Troy Polamalu - Strong & Safe Strands
Troy Polamalu, the strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is probably the most famous in the National Football League for his gorgeous flowing locks. Troy is of Samoan descent, which may explain his strong facial features and also his beautiful curly hair.
I feel that Troy was really the trend-starter within the NFL, as according to the Strong Safety himself, he has not had a haircut since the year 2000. And if that doesn't prove it enough, Troy's hair is even insured for a million dollars by Lloyd's of London...and Troy is also in a contract to endorse Head and Shoulders Shampoo.
I don't know about you, but I think Troy needs to keep his long hair for another eleven years!
Arizona's Long-Locked Players
There are a couple more people on the NFL scene with long hair that we may have not noticed before. Arizona's team consists of a couple of these long-locked fellas.
Larry Fitzgerald, Ryan Williams, and Darnell Dockett all have long braids this season. And let's not forget the wide receiver Laron Byrd. It's seeming to me that long hair or long braids in general is no longer a trend, but is a hairstyle for the men that is here to stay.
What do you think? Do you like long hair on guys? What about on football players?
© 2011 Nicole Canfield