Super Bowl 2011: Ben Roethlisberger and the Coolest NFL Beards

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 25, 2011

Super Bowl 2011: Ben Roethlisberger and the Coolest NFL Beards

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 and head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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    Super Bowl 2011: The game we have been waiting all season for is but a fortnight away. The anticipation grows with every day.

    So while my colleagues spout off on the ins and outs of these teams and their chances of winning, I would like to take a much needed departure. 

    The world of sports are filled with grizzly men that love nothing more than to grow a beard. Some are successes while others fall well short of their mark. The best and brightest beards in the NFL will be touted here.

    I sadly do not have enough testosterone to grow a sick beard like these fellows. So this will be me living vicariously through my NFL heroes. 

    On to the beards. 

15. Joe Flacco

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    Here is Joe Flacco sporting his recent playoff beard. The only problem with growing one is that when you lose you immediately go from looking sweet to looking like you are out of work. 

14. Brett Favre

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    DETROIT - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings watches the action during the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Giants defeated the Vikings 21-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/G
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    Look at Brett Favre be all cool with his stubble beard. Get a good look folks, this will be the last time you see him in an NFL slide-show. 

    Until he un-retires again. 

13. Mark Sanchez

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets leaves the field as Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New York Jets 24 to 19 in their 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Fie
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    The good thing is you can finally shave that playoff beard Mark. That thing has less on it than Rex Ryan's dinner plate. 

    No Latino can grow a proper beard. I should know, I'm one of them. It took me four months to grow a bushel of peach fuzz. Thank you genetics. 

12. Johnny Knox

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    Here is Bears wide receiver Johnny knox dawning a playoff beard. He could have grown a playoff mullet, I still don't think it would have helped his team any. 

    Perhaps if he grew playoff courage he could have given some to Jay Cutler. 

11. Randy Moss

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    EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - OCTOBER 7:  Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss answers questions from the media during a press conference at Winter Park on October 7, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
    Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

    The award for most annoying beard goes to Randy Moss. You can also give that thing the most likely to be traded to two teams in one season award. 

    There are so many accolades for such a sparse beard. 

10. Aaron Rodgers

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers stands by Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears after the Packers 21-14 victory against the Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago,
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    Aaron Rodgers is not really trying to make a fashion statement. If you are going to live in Green Bay you need as much warmth as possible to survive. 

    Below zero weather is not really kind on baby faces. As it is, you could strike a match on that thing and start a fire. 

9. Jeff Saturday

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    Jeff looks like the Brawny man. That is if the Brawny man was more of a man and had a sick beard. It would also help if he were 300 pounds like our friend Jeff here. 

    It is not his fault. With that facial hair, Jeff is eating for two. 

8. Ryan Fitzpatrick

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    A bit of sad news to report, Ryan Fitzpatrick recently shaved his beard. Now the "Amish Rifle" is no more. Services will be held in my apartment this week. Finger foods will be served as well as alcohol. 

    But please, it is bring your own hippie lettuce. Pay attention to the Evite people. 

7. Ed Reed

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    Ed Reed is not the most dapper looking fellow with his beard in full glory. But then again, who cares? His job is to annihilate you on the field and kill your hopes of scoring. 

    A beard like that is very appropriate indeed. 

6. Ben Roethlisberger

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty
    Al Bello/Getty Images

    Big Ben looks like he would be more comfortable in the woods chopping down trees and eating meat with his hands. 

    The dude evokes so much manhood that I may have to and get my man card revoked. Also, i was just told by the obvious police that I cannot reference Ben without mentioning sex or underage women. Well, there you go. 

5. Mike Tomlin

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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    If you are going to coach the crew in Pittsburgh, you need to present an air of manhood not seen in normal human beings. 

    Tomlin's beard is so cool it just slept with Kim Kardashian. That beard will probably leave her for another hottie soon. You just can't trust good facial hair nowadays. 

4. Logan Mankins

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    Logan is what we in the biz like to call a man's man. It is a widely known fact that Mrs. Mankins thought she was having twins. It turns out it was just Logan and his beard. 

3. Nick Mangold

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Nick Mangold #74 of the New York Jets stands on the sideline during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Meadowlands Stadium on November 25, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bengal 26-
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    When people claim they see Bigfoot, it is just Nick Mangold out for a naked stroll through the woods. Mangold weighs over 300 lbs. His beard is fifty. 

2. Braylon Edwards

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    If any of you are getting married and are looking for a best man, you would do well giving Braylon Edwards beard a call. 

    But then again, Edwards' beard is so sweet it would probably steal the show, and then your woman. 

1. Brett Keisel

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    Rumor has it that Ben Roethlisberger grew an initial beard but Keisel's facial hair murdered it.

    I lost my keys in 2006, I think they might be in Brett's beard. But I am not about to go looking.