It’s true that we spent an inordinate amount of time and space covering “The Beard” this postseason – like here, and here, and then finally here, when Brett Keisel shaved the thing in a “Shear the Beard” event benefitting cancer programs at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital.
But it looks like Keisel wasn’t the only one to rock a little chin music for charity these days.
Eight year veteran RB T.J. Duckett started growing his out two years ago, soon after the Seahwaks abruptly let him go before the 2009 season.
“I lost a sense of who I was, but once I started to get rid of myself, I began to get a sense of self-worth,” Duckett told the Huffington Post. “With football, and I think with any job, you get caught up in it and it starts to run your life – consumes it. When it was taken away from me, I had to think, ‘now what am I about?’”
Turns out, he’s about philanthropy. Duckett, who’s mother died of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2000, has regularly supported several charities that help women with cancer.
He’s also familiar with hirsute pursuits, growing his beard every season since 2005 and then shaving it afterwards on St. Baldrick’s Day for their foundation.
But Duckett admits that the two year growth has gotten out of hand, telling Bleacher Report that he’s regularly been mistaken for MMA fighter Kimbo Slice on the streets.
Duckett finally went for the clean shave this week to benefit Cuts for Cancer – one of the organizations under the Lunch With A Purpose foundation he created in Feb. 2010 on his post-football mission to encourage others to give back any way they can – or like himself and Keisel.
“I know that a lot of people may not have time or money for it, but I say, well just don’t get a haircut or shave!” Duckett told the HuffPo.