Broncos may have gone too far with this rookie’s rat haircut

Wednesday August 17th, 2016

One of the most common pieces of hazing in the NFL, outside of the training camp talent show, is the rookie haircut, in which the professional football players turn into amateur barbers and butcher the hair of their newest teammates.

These are generally funny and good-natured and resulted in Tim Tebow briefly sporting a monk’s tonsure back in his first season with the Broncos. This year Denver went even further, shaving a rat into the head of Connor McGovern in what is likely the worst, or best, haircut in training camp history.

In the clip above you can see the Broncos also brought back the hairdo sported by Tebow for their team bowling night. Unfortunately the team forgot to try out the innovative “handprint haircut” the Colts rolled out a few seasons ago.


Training camps run the constant risk of information overload for followers of the NFL news cycle: Rosters balloon to a maximum of 90, players are held out of practice with mysterious injuries, the media relays context-free stats and success rates from obscure camp drills and coaches do everything they can to keep from saying anything interesting. And that’s all before the preseason games themselves, a notoriously frustrating tease for the real action that begins in September.

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