The Pats drafted Chase Winovich out of the University of Michigan in the 3rd round earlier this year. The PA native has been tearing it up like Freddie Mercury in 1984 this preseason. Pro Football Focus graded Wino the 3rd best rookie of the preseason (through week 3).
Despite his performance this preseason and throughout camp, the main story line of Winovich's rookie year to this point has been the fate of his signature flowing blonde locks.
While the Patriots don't have some Yankees like hair-policy, like many other NFL teams they do have a long history of rookie haircuts.
Some notable league wide examples.
Former Dallas Cowboy Pat Mcquistan's skullet in 2006 may be the most brutal.
Some teams have nixed this tradition in one of the few examples where I think PC culture is a good thing.
I'm all for team bonding and some sort of hazing, tape em to the goal posts, make them do some skits, fill up a car with popcorn, but to me when it drastically alters your appearance or goes beyond the team facilities that where it's gone too far IMO.
As a long hair guy, and more importantly as a freedom guy I'm not a huge fan of this tradition. You got drafted in the NFL, not the Army. It's one thing if you fuck up some dude with 2 and half inch long hair that doesn't give a shit, but when it's something that took years to grow I'm not about it. Some teams have adapted to the times by coloring their longer hair or shaving eyebrows, but not all do.
âOf course sometimes the haircuts are pretty funny, that true rat-tail the Broncos did a few year back being a prime example. But as someone who values their hair, and the rights of others to do the same obviously I'm not a fan of haircuts against people's will. You know who else gave people haircuts against their will?..
As for Wino himself, he's already giving all the right Patriot answers but my inner-psychologist as a flow guy knows Wino doesn't wanna see his blonde locks get chopped.
The obvious, easy, Bleacher Report way out is to compare Winovich to Samson and speculate what cutting his hair could do to his performance. I'm not going to do that. Obviously his hair isn't why he got drafted into the NFL. That being said why take any chances? Look good, play good. Ever heard of it? The dude is a 3rd rounder who to this point has performed extremely well. Confidence on the field 100% matters and completely affects on field performance. Look at his instagram for 2 seconds, obviously this dude loves his hair.