20 Athletes You Won't Recognize Without Their Beards

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20 Athletes You Won't Recognize Without Their Beards
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Everyone has heard the expression 'clothes make the man' at some point in their lives. Literary great Mark Twain once quite astutely pointed out that "naked people have little or no influence on society."

However, at the risk of offending the ghost of one of the greatest [and surliest] American writers, I must respectfully disagree. Clothes can certainly have a dramatic impact on one's image, but nothing can alter an appearance like a drastic change in facial hair.

Well, nothing that's not permanent. Terrifying face tattoos are definitely a more dramatic change, but you're really stepping out of society when you decide to pay someone to permanently cover your face in leopard spots or lizard scales.

So facial hair is the way to go if you're a man looking for a serious change. Like if you have to go into witness protection or something. A few weeks or months of shunning the shaving can render most people virtually unrecognizable to their manicured selves.

Athletes are no exception. Here are 20 athletes with vaguely familiar hairy alter egos.

 

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