Be honest — your personal grooming habits have deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic, right?
You probably don’t shower as often. Heck, you might not even get freshly dressed every day. It’s OK — we’ve all let our standards slip, in one way or another.
But let’s look at the bright side. The quarantine beard is alive and well in the sports world. Some sports stars have decided to stop shaving and, well, the results are simply glorious.
Full beard and hair Ryan Fitzpatrick, who says he hasn’t been able to get a haircut since they shut barbershops down.
“The neck hair is crazy. I’m glad you can’t see it.” pic.twitter.com/zWg9PQihcy
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) May 21, 2020
LeBron James has already gone through a few stages of his beard. It was a bit unruly before James’ wife gave him a trim.
— ESPN (@espn) March 18, 2020
LeBron has finally given in. 😅 💇♂️ 👑
— theScore (@theScore) April 10, 2020
“Psychologically, it can be a sort of declaration of fortitude and heartiness,” Christopher Oldstone-Moore told Wired. He studies gender and hair at Wright State University and wrote a book about the history of facial hair.
“It’s a way of saying, ‘I’m tough. I can withstand adversity.'”
So, Fitzpatrick and other athletes are doing what a lot of men are doing to get through the pandemic.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 22, 2020
Steve Kerr’s experimenting with facial hair while sheltering in place.
— Marcus White (@marcuspwhite) May 14, 2020
Who has the better quarantine beard?
Like for David Cutcliffe, retweet for Roy Williams 🧔 pic.twitter.com/MnmFA7fXKC
— WCHL & Chapelboro (@WCHLChapelboro) May 22, 2020
In an ironic turn, while this would normally be prime playoff beard season, a few hockey players have shaved off their beards.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 2, 2020
— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) May 22, 2020
Roethlisberger, who missed most of the 2019 NFL season with an elbow injury, had been growing his beard before COVID-19 forced the closure of barber shops and hair salons.
“I’m not going to shave or cut my hair until I can throw a football again,” a then-clean-shaven Roethlisberger said earlier in the year. “Throw it to one of my teammates, a legit NFL pass.”
And Roethlisberger got quite shaggy before being able to complete that pass.
The problem was that the barbershop where Roethlisberger went for the haircut and shave should not have been open, according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s phased reopening plan.
Maybe that can be a lesson for other athletes growing wild facial hair at home: Just keep growing.