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Polamalu not the only sporting hair we remember

It's all about the hair. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is one of the stars in today's Super Bowl XLV. Sure, he's one of the best football players in the world, but he's so famous because he's one of the best players in the world who happens to have, perhaps, the most famous hair in sports these days. He even does shampoo commercials. Which is all kind of remarkable when you think about it because he is usually wearing a helmet on TV. Polamalu certainly would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer if there were ever a Hall of Fame for sports hairdos. Here's a look at some of our favorite sports hairdos ever.

Dennis Rodman

The former NBA star could fill up this page all by himself. If you look at a color montage of all his hairdos, you might feel like you're on an acid trip.

Don King

The boxing promoter looks like he stuck a fork in a toaster. Sometimes he acts like he has, too.

Jaromir Jagr

Worship the mullet. It says "all business" up top, but "let's party" down the back. Many have tried — Barry Melrose and Randy Johnson quickly come to mind — but no one pulled off the world's worst hair style better than Jagr. All he was missing was a dip of Skoal and a Molly Hatchet T-shirt with the sleeves cut off.

Carlos Valderrama

Hey, man! Stop, drop and roll; your hair's on fire. Quick, someone get some water. Call 9-1-1. Oh, wait, it's just Valderrama.

Ben Wallace

The NBA star has what you might call summer hair. Some are going this way, and some are going that way. He's like a Chia pet that hasn't been watered in some spots but over-watered in others.

Chris Anderson

The NBA player might be single-handedly responsible for keeping the men's mousse industry in business. You know a guy has a funky hairdo when he has like a gazillion tattoos and the first thing you notice about him is his hair.

Oscar Gamble

Let's just settle this right now. The former Yankees slugger had the coolest, baddest, phattest, most righteous Afro in the history of Afros.

Dorothy Hamill

There have been hundreds of famous haircuts in sports history, but none compares to that of this figure skater, left, from the 1976 Olympics. After all, has any haircut in sports inspired more imitators than Hamill's? Admit it, ladies. If you're between the ages of 40 and 60, you had a "Hamill" in the late 1970s.

Tim Tebow

The Broncos and former Gators quarterback found out what NFL rookie hazing was all about when he had to sport the "Friar Tuck" cut last summer. Thankfully, Tebow didn't keep it long. If he had, you know a bunch of Gator dads would have rushed junior to the barber so they could look like Friar Timmy.

Joakim Noah

Every time we see the former Gators hoops star, we're not sure if he thinks he looks good or is trying to be cool or knows he looks like a clown and is laughing along with us. Some of us can't help having goofy hair. Wonder what Noah's excuse is?

Julius Erving

We're talking the old ABA Dr. J with the Afro that was bigger than the red, white and blue ball he used to wave around in the air as he glided to another dunk. Was anybody in sports ever cooler than Dr. J in the ABA?

Andre Agassi

The former tennis star is bald now, but certainly not in his early pro days. Heck, it might have been a wig, for all we know. It's like he grew his hair long and cool like Bjorn Borg then decided to get a haircut. But halfway through the cut, there was a blackout. Agassi looked like he should have been playing bass for Whitesnake or Warrant.

Jimmy Johnson

The old Hurricanes, Cowboys and Dolphins coach wore so much hair spray that his hair wouldn't have moved during a Category 3 hurricane. Hmm, with that stiff hair, was he the only coach in football history to wear a helmet while coaching?

Polamalu not the only sporting hair we remember 02/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 5, 2011 9:27pm]
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