General Manager Ted Thompson – always wanting to put his stamp on the team – had to get in on the act as well. He has definitely shown a proclivity for long-hair draft choices. It started with A.J. Hawk’s comb-back mullet in the first round of the ’06 draft. “I knew when I saw Hawk’s mane that he was going to make a big impact on our team,” said Thompson. And, as usual, the Packer’s GM was prescient. With the drafting of Clay Matthews in last year’s draft our linebacking corps looks like the front row of a Def Leppard concert. “When Clay came available, we just couldn’t pass up a chance to book-end the best linebacking hair in the league.”
As one of the more veteran players on the team, Barnett has been coaching some of the younger linebackers on their hair development. “Desmond [Bishop] is coming along nicely – his hair has real potential,” said Barnett. “But Brandon Chillar is up and down. I’m really not sure what we’re going to get from week to week with Brandon, so we’ve brought in a stylist to work with him.”
Switching to the offensive side of the ball, they started out pretty clean-cut. But as the average hair length has increased, their play has improved. Josh Sitton started things off with kind of an early 80’s Kenny Rogers look. Then Allen Barbre brought in the pony tail. “I just wasn’t comfortable with how Barbre’s hair was progressing,” admitted offensive line coach James Campen. “I felt we needed some senior hair talent to show the younger guys how it’s done.” With the re-signing of Mark Tauscher, the offensive line found their pocket combs and have been solid ever since. Even center Scott Wells has reportedly let his hair grow for over 6 months.
Whether this long hair thing has jumped the shark yet or not remains to be seen. But the fact of the matter is the Packers have been winning with long hair. Being the superstitious fan that I am, I realized that I haven’t had my hair cut since the Packers went on their four-game winning streak. Not wanting to mess with a good thing, my proclamation for the rest of the season is this: as long as the Packer winning streak keeps going, I will not cut my hair.
As you can see, I’m scruffy, mangy and long overdue for a haircut. But I'm a team player, so I will hereby ride this ‘do till February 7, 2010 if I need to. As long as the Pack is winnin’, I won’t be trimmin’!!! Go Pack!!!