Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath (84) celebrates defeating the Tennessee Titans following the game at LP Field. Kansas City won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Top 10 Beards In The NFL


I figured I would relate this week’s post to something I have had to experience in the past week.

I recently accepted a job with a local bank and part of the requirement that was forced upon me was that I must shave the beard that I literally have only lost three times in the last six years. So I figured that before everything gets crazy with free agency here in the next week, that I would take the time to rank the Top 10 Beards in the NFL

Please note that this is a work of my own demented mind and all opinions are my own. However feel free to throw your two cents in the comments and discuss and debate your favorite beards in the NFL.

Number 10: Ed “Too Tall” Jones

Ed Jones was a dominate defensive end for the Cowboys. During his career with the Cowboys he was selected to the Pro-Bowl three times, three-times all pro, winning Super Bowl XII. What makes Jones even more impressive than his beard he sported was that he left football to start a boxing career, winning six bouts with five knockouts.

Number 9: Jake Plummer

Plummer ended his career with Denver during which he either sported a really sketchy mustache or had his full beard. Loved and hated by Denver fans, this quarterback had his best year in 2005 with Denver with a 13-3 record but falling short in the playoffs to the Steelers.

Number 8: Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Fitzpatrick has had a an up-and-down career; some years are great and some are bad. But despite this, the one constant has been that he has been able to sport a nice beard, whether in a Bengals, Bills or Titans uniform.

Number 7: Jeff Saturday

The former Indianapolis Colt and Green Bay Packer had hiked the ball to two of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL in Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. Now an analyst for ESPN Saturday, he still sports his trademark beard.

Number 6. Franco Harris

This Pittsburgh Steeler had an impressive career all while showing off his beard. Rushing for more than 1000 yards in eight seasons. He finished his career with more than 12,000 yards and 99 total touchdowns. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Number 5: Dan Fouts

Fouts played for the Chargers for his entire career where he accumulated 43,040 yards passing, 254 touchdowns, was the NFL MVP in 1982 and was selected to six Pro Bowls. Fouts was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993 and is now an analysts with CBS Sports.

Number 4: Randy Moss

Randy Moss was most recently with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Most known for his career with the Minnesota Vikings, Moss had 10 seasons of at least 1,000 yards receiving, and in 2007 Moss broke the single season record for touchdown receptions with 23.

Number 3: Ed Reed

The former Super Bowl champion Reed spent the majority of his career with the Ravens. In 2013 we saw Reed bounce around; after signing with the Texans, he was released and moved on to the Jets to finish out the season. In his 11-year career, he has recorded 64 interceptions and seven touchdowns.

Number 2: Andrew Luck

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While it pains me to put Luck so high, no one can argue the epic “Neard” (neck-beard) that Luck had during the 2013 season. In just two years in the league, Luck has passed for more than 8,000 yards and 46 touchdowns. Drafted No. 1 overall, Luck has lived up to his name, especially in this year’s playoff game that saw him lead his team back from a 28-points deficit.

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Number 1: Brett Keisel

Number one with a bullet is the awesomeness that is Brett Keisel’s beard. The Steeler defensive end has the most recognized beard in all of football. Keisel has recorded 29 sacks, and 391 combined career tackles.

Well, there you have it, my top 10 beards in the NFL. Once again this is all opinion, which is exactly why I want to know your favorite beards in the NFL. Sadly Sean McGrath shaved his epic beard, which can easily give Keisel a run for his money, but there is always next year.

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  • micah stephenson

    I know its not much football news happening right now, but yall digging real deep for some stories. Lol.

    • Jason Seibel

      If you want just news, ESPN and NFL.com has that. We’re here to entertain AND inform!

      • micah stephenson

        Lol. Well now that we know who has the best beard….

        • Jason Seibel

          And knowing is half the battle…

          • Justin R Groth

            That is correct now i know my competition and i know what i need to do to be the best… first get into the nfl in some way then out beard the bearded wonders

  • calciomoti

    Sorry, but as a licensed professional who owns a Barber Shop, and sports a thick chin strap with a long chinned goatee….I got to say, this list is wrong. Andrew Luck is only on here because of his name…not his beard. Its horrible and patchy looking!! Fout’s should be higher because it brings a distinguished look and Fitzpatrick…just no, McGrath’s beard is much better looking than both Luck and Fitzpatrick’s. Just my POV…but then, I get paid for that POV.

  • Spencer

    My life has been ruined knowing McGrath has shaved his beard….but like a phoenix my life shall be renewed as his beard grows back from the ashes of which it came from:(

    All hail the bearded one!!!!

  • DoubleD

    Ricky Williams’ Rastafarian rendition should have at least gotten honorable mention.

  • DoubleD

    Jason Kelce anyone?