during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

One of the fun little traditions or superstitions in sports is the playoff beard. Hockey made it famous in the 1980s when the New York Islanders played four games in five nights, but it has spanned over to other sports such as baseball (2013 Boston Red Sox) and football. Multiple players in the National Football League have adopted the no shaving or no cutting hair trend until the season is over. Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen let his beard grow during Carolina’s playoff run, which lasted until the Super Bowl.

On Tuesday, two days after the Panthers were defeated by the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, Olsen shaved off his grizzly beard and revealed a clean-shaven face on Twitter for photo evidence.

Not bad, but the winner for best removal of a playoff beard still goes to Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who once erased his playoff beard…

[FOX Sports]

About Kevin McGuire

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