My late grandfather, who grew up during the Great Depression, was a major influence on getting me involved in sports, particularly football. It was one of his great passions. He grew up at a time when crew cuts were the norm.
So, when football players started sporting Brillo cuts and dreads, he found it amusing. He would quip about the long hair and ask why the defenders didn't just tackle them from behind by the hair. After all, he always reminded me that long hair was for females, not males.
The times most certainly have changed.
Now football players with long hair of any variety, are the norm. Some of this is fashion sense, or lack thereof, while some of it is deeply rooted, pun intended, in cultural influence.
Today, I am going to give you the 22 NFL players with the "best" and most "distinct" hairstyles in the league. At this time in the season when football starts to get more serious, I thought it would make sense to provide some lighthearted commentary heading into the weekend.
You will see comparisons to Phil Spector and Fred Flinstone. You will see links to clips about Rick James and Bob Marley. Most of all you'll be vastly entertained with this all-hair team.