NFL players have a habit of drawing attention to themselves. It is only natural, coming with the territory of being a famous and wealthy professional athlete.
Unlike baseball and basketball, however, NFL stars' heads are obscured by helmets. This lack of visibility makes the odd appearances of some of the league's more eccentric personalities even stranger once the helmets come off.
From the wild and untamed to the bizarre and just plain grotesque, here are some of the most insane hairdos in NFL history.
Pittsburgh's resident Santa Claus has worked his way into the hearts of millions with his incredibly epic beard.
Looking more like an alleyway vagrant than a football player, Brett Keisel probably never feels the cold on his face late in the NFL season.
The amount of food that falls into that thing could be another subject entirely.
Either Knowshon Moreno's barber is a fan of the story of Moses, or he has a serious attention span problem.
We can only hope this was rookie hazing.
Dedication to your team is admirable, but Arian Foster took it to the next level with this creative cut.
Luckily for him, he didn't end up like this guy.
This distinctly Rastafarian hairdo definitely helps Atari Bigby to stand out among other NFL faces.
It still can't possibly be comfortable to stuff all of that into a helmet.
So, where exactly does the hair end and the beard start? Is there even a real beard, or is that just his hair wrapped around like a scarf?
This looks cool, but it also looks itchy.
Not to mention somewhat unnatural.
Rashean Mathis is a talented corner, but the world deserves to see what this guy would look like after an electric shock.
Anthony Dixon is a true visionary—making plays on the field, distorting acceptable hair color blends off it.
We can't even begin to guess how many years it took Domata Peko to grow out this mane, and we can't help but wonder if he's a fan of The Lion King.
Here's a fun question: How much shampoo do you think Peko uses in a month?
Are there any words for this?
Not sure of the purpose for Antonio Garay's beard pattern—cultural symbols, perhaps? That would at least make some sense.
As for the Dennis Rodman impression going on up top...come on, man.
It's not even his team color (Chargers).
Be honest with yourself here: If you haven't already seen this, are you really that surprised?
We all know Ochocinco loves to grab attention, but honestly, the teeth make this haircut that much more absurd.
As if the bro king of the NFL weren't annoying enough, he has to rock this hairdo as well.
Jeff Reed is the Guy Fieri of the NFL, except he probably can't cook.
In the words of the great Peyton Manning:
It is one thing to shave a Lombardi Trophy into your hair for the Super Bowl, but this is just plain bizarre.
Having said that, it also happens to be awesome. Who doesn't love Pac-Man?
Great tribute by Tracy Porter. Bravo sir.
Since we're so used to it, Troy Polamalu's hair isn't exactly crazy anymore.
Still, his iconic hair can be instantly spotted by both sports fans and non-sports fans. It's been on nationally televised Head & Shoulders commercials and easily makes him one of the NFL's most recognizable names.
A million-dollar insurance policy helped the hair make headlines without help from Polamalu's talent.
That is something special.
Before Tebowmania engulfed the world and nearly ruined professional football, Tim Tebow was simply a rookie with middling expectations.
As he was susceptible to rookie hazing like anyone else, the Denver Broncos put young Tebow through a rigorous initiation process, culminating in this ridiculous mess on his head.
Part monk, part tennis ball, somehow this odd-looking former rookie has gone on to dominate the headlines with his mysterious ability to win games.
We miss the days when he looked like this and sat on the bench.