A nice beard or mustache sends a message to your opponents.
With the right facial hair an athlete can look intimidating, formidable and distinguished.
With the wrong facial hair an athlete can look frightening, homeless or downright crazy.
Whether good or bad, these athletes have some of the most iconic facial hair in sports history.
Get up close and personal with these memorable beards, mustaches, sideburns and goatees.
Classification: The Spider Chin
Upkeep: Braiding, rubber bands
Downside: Terrifies children, small animals
NBA player Drew Gooden tried out this frightening number during his tenure on the Chicago Bulls.
Even though it was short-lived, this risky facial hair choice will be remembered as one of the craziest in NBA history.
Classification: The Dirty Hippie
Downside: Catches crumbs from Cheetos
Bill Lee pitched for the Boston Red Sox and now-extinct Montreal Expos with a career record of 119-90. Lee was even an All-Star in 1973.
Lee, known for a devotion to counterculture and drug usage, earns his reputation as one of the most eccentric players in MLB history with this unruly beard.
Classification: The Teenage Dream
Upkeep: Surging hormones
Downside: Makes you look 13, dirty
Adam Morrison has had trouble turning his college success into a thriving professional career in the NBA.
In more ways than one, Morrison still has a lot of growing up to do.
By the looks of his mustache, he should hit puberty any day now.
Classification: The Union Man/ Horseshoe Hero
Upkeep: Comb dipped in Milwaukee’s Best
Downside: Draws attention away from mullett
Sal Fasano never hit it big in the MLB. It wasn’t for a lack of trying because Sal played for ten different teams over the course of twelve years.
He now brings his manly scruff to the Double A Eastern League where he manages the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Classification: Patchy Wonder
Upkeep: Marijuana, yoga
Downside: Ruins NFL career
There was a time when Ricky Williams was the most talked about prospect in the NFL.
Now, in between snaps for the Baltimore Ravens, Williams receives more attention for his drug use and attitude problems than his play on the field.
This spotty beard may be a direct result of Williams’ bad habits.
Classification: The Wolf Man
Upkeep: Takes $126 million, 7 years
Downside: Not worth the time or money
Jayson Werth burst on the scene as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies where he became known as one of the best right-handed hitters in the MLB.
The Phillies couldn’t pay what Werth thought he deserved and he jumped ship for divisional rival Washington Nationals.
Long story short, the Nationals overpaid for Werth and his ridiculous soul patch.
Classification: The Brother Hezekiah
Upkeep: Trimming, churning
A California- native, Baron Davis was the third overall pick for the Charlotte Hornets in the 1999 NBA draft.
Since then his play has been as equally as patchy as his beard.
This Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard dabbled with an Amish-inspired beard off and on throughout his career.
Classification: The Caveman
Upkeep: Grunting, pulling clumps of hair from skin
Downside: Constantly mistaken for Geico Cavemen
Throughout his career, Johnny Damon has been a fan favorite for both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Not many players can say that.
Now with the Rays and clean-shaven, Damon left his caveman roots behind for a much cleaner look.
Still this stone age sendoff lands Damon among the worst beards in sports’ history.
Classification: The Metal Head
Upkeep: Rage, fury, tweezers
Downside: Constantly mistaken for lead singer of Metallica
When Jeff Bagwell retired in 2006, he left the game as one of the greatest players in Houston Astros franchise history.
When injuries and age started to wear away at his ability, Bagwell derived most of his power from his goatee.
Rock on, Jeff.
Classification: Superstar Sideburns
Upkeep: Disco, frequent combing
Downside: Overpowers mustache
Walt Frazier was a two-time NBA champion, seven time All-Star and one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game.
The New York Knicks even retired his No. 10 jersey to honor Frazier.
I wish someone would retire the mutton chops look for good as well.
Classification: The Outlaw Dad
Downside: Almost too manly
Rod “Shooter” Beck was a relief pitcher who played from 1991-2004 in the MLB.
A three-time All-Star, Beck was known for clinching games for his team when they needed it most.
Beck’s mustache was reminiscent of the wild west while his flowing locks made it look like he was trying to be the cool dad.
Classification: The Red Storm
Upkeep: Grooming tips from Shaun White
Downside: Consumes entire head
The Carolina Hurricanes’ defenseman got a lot of attention for his playoff beard in 2006.
After the playoffs were over, Carolina had an interesting idea for this monster of a beard.
Commodore shaved his head for charity and auctioned the severed locks on the Internet to the highest bidder.
Classification: The Pink Worm
Upkeep: Hair dye
Scott Spiezio, although winning the World Series in 2002 and 2006, is now playing for the Newark Bears in the Independent Atlantic League.
Spiezio debuted this creepy soul patch as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
He may have done it for attention but give the guy some credit. It can’t be easy to walk around with that thing hanging off of your face.
Classification: The Lunatic Fringe
Upkeep: Letting self go
Downside: Looks absolutely horrifying
Kimbo Slice may be one of the best fighters in the country.
If that is the case, it’s unlikely anyone will have the guts to tell Kimbo that he looks ridiculous.
The bald head and thick beard combo is a go to look for men who lose their hair. Sometimes it just doesn’t look good.
Classification: The Super Mario
Upkeep: Collecting coins, hand drying
Downside: Catches food
Lanny McDonald is a member of the NHL Hall of Fame after playing for over 16 years with three teams.
Although his illustrious career guarantees his legacy, this strangely crafted mustache is just baffling.
Classification: The Outdoorsman
Upkeep: Tree sap, comb
Downside: Full of birds nests
Pittsburgh Steelers’ resident mountain man Brett Keisel has one of the bushiest beards in sports today.
This salute to masculinity gives Keisel an intimidating and distinguished look compared to many NFL players.
It also just looks dirty.
Classification: The Trebek
Upkeep: Warm water, scissors
Downside: Not quite manly enough
Dale Earnhardt will go down as one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time.
Earnhardt’s mustache will go down as one of the most recognizable in all of sports’ history despite its lack of masculine appeal.
Thankfully Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn’t inherit his dad’s mustache.
Classification: The Spartan
Downside: Makes you crazy
There may not be a better closer in the MLB than San Francisco Giants’ star Brian Wilson.
There also may not be a more eccentric player in all of professional sports.
This beard just screams, “This is Sparta!”
Classification: The Famous Original
Upkeep: Steroids, Rogaine, repeat
Downside: Played out
Hulk Hogan swept the country up in Hulkamania during his time as a professional wrestler.
Known for his trademark yellow speedo and handlebar mustache, Hogan is by far one of the most intriguing sports figures of all time.
That mustache just doesn’t quit.
Classification: The Classic Villain/ The Robber Baron
Upkeep: Curling ends, pounds of mustache wax
Downside: Too noticeable when staring diabolically through cut out eye-holes in a newspaper
Rollie Fingers and his curly mustache played 18 years in the MLB and is one of only a handful of players to have their number retired by two separate organizations.
He’s also one of the only players to be more recognizable for their facial hair than for their achievements.
It all grew out of an incentive. Oakland manager Charles O. Finley told Fingers that he would receive a $300 bonus if he were to grow his legendary mustache.
Rollie Fingers became $300 richer and that much closer to becoming the type of villain that ties defenseless women to train tracks or perhaps even an 1800’s U.S. President.