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Monday, August 9, 2010
Tebow Watch: HairGate

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

When Tim Tebow is next seen at the Denver Broncos training camp practice Tuesday, he will be sporting a cleanly shaven head. Gone is the Friar Tuck look he rocked during a public team scrimmage Saturday.

Tebow’s hideous bowl cut (complete with a bald top of his dome) was courtesy of some good-natured rookie hazing in Denver. Shredding the rook’s locks has become a recent tradition in Denver. Last year, rookie quarterback Tom Brandstater sported a haircut similar to Tebow’s disaster during a preseason game.

Still, Tebow is different story. Whatever he does makes news. So the sight of him with the new look rocked the sports world this weekend. It dominated the ESPN airwaves Monday.

On ESPN’s NFL Live, analyst Mark Schlereth and Herm Edwards said the haircut took Tebow to the next level. Look, he had little choice. He was going to get the haircut whether he liked it or not. But Tebow looked like he was proudly wearing the haircut during the scrimmage.

Schlereth and Edwards said that it shows that Tebow is all in for his team. That’s the way he has been his whole career. His teammates in Denver have lauded Tebow for his work ethic and attitude since he was a surprise first-round pick. Tebow’s teammates have embraced him and don’t appear to be upset by the attention he has garnered.

It’s because of how he handles situations like this. While Dez Bryant refused to carry a pair of shoulder pads, Tebow embraced getting his locks ripped off. He’s a team player . Why else would he smile while looking like that?