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Redskins rookie regrets letting teammates cut his hair

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Kicker Zach Hocker found himself in a position familiar to many NFL rookies at training camp on Wednesday.

Hocker was supposed to perform a skit to amuse his veteran teammates, but came up empty. As an alternative, he offered to cut his hair however his teammates decided and wound up with a shaved head except for a strap of hair across the middle of his head.

Kai Forbath, Hocker’s competition for the kicking job, did the shearing. The results, which you can see at right, don’t say much for his future as a hairdresser but make it easy to understand why Hocker probably wishes he had just done a five minute reading from Dr. Seuss instead of offering up his locks.

“I kind of regret it now,” Hocker said, via ESPN.com. “In the moment it was fun, but now I wish I had thought of something funny for the team … I didn’t anticipate this. I got up on the stage and they put up three pictures for the team to vote on. This was my look. They let me have it and there I went.”

Hocker said he wants to shave off the remaining hair before the team’s preseason opener next week, but his teammates have yet to give him the green light.

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47 Responses to “Redskins rookie regrets letting teammates cut his hair”
  1. ariani1985 says: Jul 31, 2014 5:21 PM

    Soft, would have made a great packer!

  2. fin72 says: Jul 31, 2014 5:22 PM

    Mike Pouncey sees no problem with this whatsoever.

  3. beckzhere says: Jul 31, 2014 5:23 PM

    Living the dream

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2014 5:24 PM

    What? I kind of like it….

  5. soleman50 says: Jul 31, 2014 5:25 PM

    Says he has to wait for permission. What are you 3!!

  6. bassplucker says: Jul 31, 2014 5:31 PM

    That’s pretty funny.

  7. pillowporkers says: Jul 31, 2014 5:40 PM

    Looks like Ted Wells is going to continue having a great couple years.

  8. kwjsb says: Jul 31, 2014 5:52 PM

    You’re a kicker, be thankful your teammates even noticed you

  9. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jul 31, 2014 5:54 PM

    Meanwhile, big blue was practicing and acting like grown men…

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 31, 2014 5:58 PM

    “Whyyyyyyy! Whyyyyy!!!”.

  11. blacknole08 says: Jul 31, 2014 5:59 PM

    I want to see the Browns do this to Manziel.

  12. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 31, 2014 6:13 PM

    Just looks like normal male pattern baldness to me. LOL!

  13. jchipwood says: Jul 31, 2014 6:17 PM

    I bet hes going to be pulling tail left and right now.

  14. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 31, 2014 6:26 PM

    Had this been the Dolphins, the article would have been all about Bully Gate II. They would have also made the assumption that Pouncey must somehow be involved.

  15. sumkat says: Jul 31, 2014 6:43 PM

    Good to know all the talk about removing rookie hazing has clearly hit the mark

  16. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 31, 2014 6:54 PM

    Act like a man and be treated like a man. Act like a little boy and be treated like a little boy. Time for some coaches in the league to remind their players to act like professionals.

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 31, 2014 6:57 PM

    Forbath doing the shearing is especially bad form. Brought this kid in to challenge him & he cuts his hair off? Should have let someone else do it while working on 50+ kicks.

  18. juliusanonymous says: Jul 31, 2014 6:58 PM

    That is hilarious. Good to see teams keeping the rookie razzing alive without getting carried away. Making rookies pay for $10k dinners should be a crime. Making rookies get god-awful haircuts is freaking hilarious and bonds teammates.

    Love it.

  19. hitit49 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:22 PM

    Should change their name to the Mohawks

  20. baddegg says: Jul 31, 2014 7:22 PM

    tinkletinkleonyourstar says:
    Jul 31, 2014 5:54 PM
    Meanwhile, big blue was practicing and acting like grown men…
    ——
    No, the classy and grown up Giants never engage in hazing like dunking people in cold tubs. They are way to grown up and classy and treat you like a Prince.

  21. smackingfools says: Jul 31, 2014 7:24 PM

    I demand some suspensions! This is America!

  22. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 31, 2014 7:25 PM

    Delusional franchise!

    #JetsDynasty

  23. purpleguy says: Jul 31, 2014 7:35 PM

    That haircut is still better than the haircut of the Raider’s owner.

  24. tinbender2000 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:52 PM

    That’s his second rookie hazing, the first was far worse. He got drafted by the Washington Football Club.

  25. alewatcher says: Jul 31, 2014 7:55 PM

    purpleguy says: Jul 31, 2014 7:35 PM

    That haircut is still better than the haircut of the Raider’s owner.

    ————-

    You win the Internet for today.

  26. hugeredskinsfan says: Jul 31, 2014 7:58 PM

    Anybody against this has never been on a sports team their entire lives.

    This is completely hilarious.

  27. bjsdad says: Jul 31, 2014 8:47 PM

    tinbender2000 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:52 PM

    That’s his second rookie hazing, the first was far worse. He got drafted by the Washington Football Club.
    ———————————————————–

    It’s okay to say Redskins, the writer of this article did!

  28. paulhoss1 says: Jul 31, 2014 8:47 PM

    Bob Griffin is jealous he’s not in the news.

  29. patsbrat says: Jul 31, 2014 8:59 PM

    For some reason he kinda reminds me of Mark Sanchez now…

  30. finspensfan says: Jul 31, 2014 9:02 PM

    What a bunch of bullies

  31. htowntexan says: Jul 31, 2014 9:17 PM

    Good for him. In ten years he will look back and laugh about this. This is exactly what makes playing team sports fun. Which is why the commissioner will kill it….

  32. gammynomnom says: Jul 31, 2014 9:27 PM

    tinkletinkleonyourstar says:
    Jul 31, 2014 5:54 PM
    Meanwhile, big blue was practicing and acting like grown men…

    _______________________________

    So Prince amukamara is staying out of the cold tub roome aye?

  33. TheWizard says: Jul 31, 2014 9:28 PM

    Yep, I think humiliating people is great for team chemistry. Brilliant.

  34. commentcentral says: Jul 31, 2014 9:29 PM

    I believe that shape will help prevent concussions.

  35. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 31, 2014 9:35 PM

    Please now cut Griffin’s nasty hair.

  36. officialgame says: Jul 31, 2014 9:38 PM

    I thought NFL put an end to hazing after the Miami scandal?

  37. courtjester1234 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:41 PM

    How about that “Fryer Tuck” Tebow got as a rookie. That was golden

  38. general1santa1hannah1montana says: Jul 31, 2014 9:45 PM

    If he grew a chinstrap/neckbeard, then he’d have a lion’s mane.

  39. ncphinsfan says: Jul 31, 2014 10:14 PM

    If I was this Dude and he gets eventually Cut. I would go straight to Rehab, get my rich Lawyer Parents to sling Lawsuits around, get a ProBowl Guard blacklisted from the NFL, send stupid Texts back and forth, throw my Cafeteria Tray on the ground and run from the Facility. Oh wait, this epic Drama already took place.

  40. funkybuffalo says: Jul 31, 2014 10:31 PM

    Just what I want to see from a team that was 3-13 last year. Why would we concentrate on football?….

  41. selldannysell says: Jul 31, 2014 10:49 PM

    At least Michael Irvin didn’t cut his hair!

  42. jklecko77hof says: Jul 31, 2014 11:28 PM

    Bet they don’t do this to Michael Sam.

  43. pkrlvr says: Jul 31, 2014 11:43 PM

    Scalping their kicker might not be the best idea for the skins right now…..

  44. rcali says: Aug 1, 2014 12:27 AM

    Oh Dear, what till the bleeding hearts hear about this “cruel hazing”!!!!!!!! ESPiNers are going to lose their mind tomorrow!

  45. brgndyngold says: Aug 1, 2014 8:37 AM

    Its called TEAM BONDING not Hazing. Athletes are a different bread, we’re a brotherhood and sisterhood of fellow athletes. There’s nothing but love here.

  46. firesnyder says: Aug 1, 2014 11:53 AM

    “If he grew a chinstrap/neckbeard, then he’d have a lion’s mane.”

    — no, this comment wins the Internet for today!

  47. simonator917 says: Aug 1, 2014 8:21 PM

    If he was old and had enough ear hair this would look like headphones.

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