Summer is ending, which never fails to bum most of us out. But, of course, the end of the summer means that football season is finally arriving. Knowing that we can spend our weekends watching our favorite teams seems to help ease the blow of summertime ending.
If you’re a football fan who wants to change up his facial hairstyle, this article is for you. We’ve made a list of the top bearded NFL players. We’re concentrating more on their beards, than their playing, because we want you to walk away feeling inspired to grow the luxurious beard of your dreams. Each of these five pro players rocks a pretty spectacular beard situation, and you can easily achieve any of the ones listed below.
So, are you ready for some beardspiration? Look no further than the NFL players who are going to be killing it all season long.
#5: Jason Kelce (Philadelphia Eagles, Center)
31-year old Jason Kelce has been in the game for quite some time, but only recently has the spotlight been on his beard as much as his amazing career. When we think of a full, thick and lusciously healthy beard, a beard like Kelce’s comes to mind. There’s no doubt in our minds that this Eagles player puts quite a bit of effort into maintaining his facial hair on a daily basis with a thorough routine consisting of high-quality products.
Want to rock a similar look? It’s really not that difficult. The main thing is having patience as it can take a couple of months for a beard to be full and thick. From there, it’s on you to keep it trimmed and shaped regularly so that it looks tidy and clean rather than messy and frazzled. Don’t forget to use a beard oil daily to keep those thick strands looking sleek rather than damaged.
#4: Mark Ingram (Baltimore Ravens, RB)
Mark Ingram continues to get better with age as a running back. The former Saint, now Raven, has a bearded look that is extremely distinctive, and we feel like it really complements his overall appearance. His beard has always been the right size; hence, he manages to walk that delicate line between messy and neat.
Ingram’s effortless beard style isn’t that hard to emulate. Again, the key here is being patient during the growing process. If you have hair that’s on the finer side, you can still pull off this look as it’s less about perfection and evenness, and more about looking youthful. Still, it’s imperative that you trim it regularly so that it never looks straight-up unkempt. And, again, a high-quality, hydrating beard oil is a must if you don’t want those strands to look damaged.
#3: Odell Beckham Jr. (Cleveland Browns, WR)
Odell Beckham’s amazing career as a wide receiver has earned him loads of press, and his charisma makes him a celebrity both on and off the field. When he’s not playing with the Cleveland Browns, he’s maintaining his exceptional, unique beard. We know that Odell has a knack for rocking a truly individual personal style – after all, his hair is mesmerizing – and his beard helps tie everything together.
OBJ’s beard is extremely thick and full, and he allows for more chin growth than most men would. It really works for him as it complements his face shape. If you want to try out this unique style, allow your beard to grow nice and long. Then, keep the hair on the face nice and shaped while maintaining a good amount of length on the jaw and on the very top of the neck.
#2: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins, QB)
The Dolphin's veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is the type of person who you wouldn’t want to mess with on the field, but off the field, he seems like an all-around good guy. And, his beard only enhances his persona as a highly celebrated member of the NFL. His beard seems to get longer as his career goes on, and these days, it’s very lumberjack-esque. Ryan balances out this hefty beard with a short, cropped haircut so that he never looks too burly and unkempt.
Looking to rock a similar style? The main thing to bear in mind is that achieving that length will likely take several months. During that time, you can keep things looking good by trimming it when the ends start splitting, and by regularly applying a hydrating product to keep those strands from becoming damaged. Once it’s fully grown, just loosely shape it so that it looks contained. And, don’t forget to keep that neck nice and clean.
#1: Eric Weddle (LA Rams, Safety)
Eric Weddle’s beard has gotten people talking, because his look is extremely unique, and it complements his persona as well as his face shape. This beard is particularly luscious in terms of its fullness and how healthy it looks. We’re pretty sure that he puts a nice amount of time and effort into maintaining it each day with a solid morning routine. It’s also worth noting that the hair on his head is extremely short, which allows his beard to really shine, and keeps him looking trim and tidy.
There’s no doubt that Eric has thick hair as his beard is extremely full. His beard is so thick that we don’t really notice how short it actually is. Therefore, this type of beard is best for guys who have hair that’s naturally very thick and coarse. First, let it grow in completely. Then, keep it nice and trim with weekly grooming sessions. And, shape the sides to keep things neat.
Are You Ready for Some Bearded Football?
If you’re ready to try out a new beard style, these players are great sources of inspiration. After all, who doesn’t want to emulate a professional football player? Plus, these guys have looks that can easily be adapted to suit your personal style. Enjoy the NFL season!
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