Best Beards in The NFL 2017
The end of the summer brings with it the beginning of something truly special in America, and around the whole world. It’s a time when men become men, and join each other in a gridiron battle while thousands of fans cheer them on.
With its storied history, the men who have put on NFL jerseys often were able to obtain status as legendary figures whose exploits will live long after they’re gone. It takes a tough individual to thrive in the league, and it’s no surprise that many of the NFL’s greatest players have had equally great beards.
Here’s just a small sampling of this year’s best facial hair in the NFL. It is by no means an exhaustive one and we want to hear about any epic manes we missed along the way.
Starting out it’s Star Lotulelei, a 6-foot-5 defensive tackle out of Utah is about to start his fifth season with the Carolina Panthers. The native of Tonga is a big defensive presence on the field, made only larger by the epic beard he is rocking. During training camp, Lotulelei was nonchalant about getting into a battle of the beards with rookie Ben Boulware — who has a legendary beard of his own — and claimed the now-cut Boulware had a beard that was just “alright.”
When Eric Weddle was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2007, the safety brought a mohawk and an epic mane along with him to the league. The eleven year veteran, who now plays safety for the Baltimore Ravens, even dyed his beard white prior to hitting the field against the Denver Broncos in 2014.
Whether he is sporting a five o’clock shadow or has a fully developed face forest, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has worn some great beards during his tenure. The Atlanta Falcons learned to fear Edelman, and his beard, during Super Bowl LI when he made a legendary grab and helped his team complete a historic comeback to win the biggest game of the year.
Even though the neckbeard isn’t an advisable style-choice for facial hair, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been making opponents respect his play, and a beard that looks like it would be more at home on an Amish farm than in the NFL. Luck, a three-time Pro Bowler, has achieved a proper beard in addition to his trademark neck-fare and, although he is out with an injury at the moment, can use the power of the beard to return to his early-career successes.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Although he’s far more known for his flashy catches on the field, Odell Beckham Jr. has consistently had some of the best facial hair in football throughout his career. The New York Giants wide receiver has rocked everything from a full mane to a solid goatee during his short, yet record breaking, career.