Do Dreadlocks Make Players Better?

Sam SnyderCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals runs a pass patern against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

More and more players are seen sporting dreadlocks these days. And it seems that the majority of them, if not all, are star players. The list of players goes on.

Larry Fitzgerald, Chris Johnson, Roddy White, Steven Jackson, Al Harris, Marion Barber, Devin Hester, Josh Cribbs, Bob Sanders, Marshawn Lynch, Atari Bigby, Asante Samuel, Rashean Mathis, and Reggie Williams. 

I could go on all day. But let's take a look at a select few.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Fitzgerald is arguably the best receiver in the game. This man can jump like he's on the moon, and can run past any defender like they are standing still. He made an even bigger name for himself in the postseason.

His stats in the regular season looked like this:

-96 receptions, 1,431 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

His stats in four postseason games were:

-30 receptions, 546 yards, and seven touchdowns.

As you can see, Fitzgerald is a dominant player. Now, let's compare him to his bald-headed counterpart, Terrell Owens. Owens finished with 69 receptions, 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns.

As you can see, the player with dreadlocks played superior to the bald or short-haired player. And the Arizona Cardinals won their division, and were the NFC Champions.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson was the rookie stud from the Titans. He was considered a top candidate for rookie of the year, but lost it to Matt Ryan. He was able to rush for over 1,000 yards, something many other running backs couldn't do.

Johnson's '08 stats are like this:

-251 carries for 1,228 yards and nine touchdowns. In the postseason he rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

Now, let's take a look at a short-haired comparison. Frank Gore was the leading rusher for the San Fransisco 49ers. His stats look like this:

-240 carries for 1,036 yards and six touchdowns.

Once again, the player sporting the dreadlocks is the better player. While Johnson's stats aren't as good as the short-haired Adrian Peterson, Peterson got almost 100 more carries.

Johnson's team had an NFL-best 13-3 record, while Gore's team finished 7-9, aided by a late season surge.

Asante Samuel, CB, Philadelphia Eagles

Samuel was one of the top cornerbacks in the league last year. He was the anchor of the Eagles secondary, and earned himself a trip to the Pro Bowl as a reserve. Samuel sports dreadlocks. His 2008 stats looked like this:

-22 pass deflections, four interceptions, 64 interception yards, one touchdown, 31 solo tackles and four assists.

His short-haired counterpart will be Bryant McFadden, cornerback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His stats looked like this:

-Eight pass deflections, two interceptions, no interception yards, 33 solo tackles and four assists.

While McFadden did play on a better team, Samuel outperformed him individually in everything but solo tackles.

Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White was the favorite target of rookie QB Matt Ryan, and led the Falcons in receiving. Obviously, he has dreadlocks. His 2008 stats looked like this:

-88 receptions for 1,382 yards and seven touchdowns. In the playoffs, he had 11 receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown.

His counterpart will be Santana Moss, leading receiver of the Washington Redskins. His stats look like this:

-79 receptions for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns. His team didn't make it to the postseason.


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. I have presented you with evidence as to why people with dreadlocks are superior football players compared to short-haired and bald-headed players.

Now, there are execptions: Andre Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, Ed Reed and a few others. But the fact remains that if you see a player on the football field with dreads, chances are he is a star.


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