Long before Troy Polamalu's hair hit the NFL, Carlos Valderrama's 'do was the most famous in football.
If you've seen a Pittsburgh Steelers game during the past seven years (or a recent Head & Shoulders commercial), then you've undoubtedly seen #43, Troy Polamalu, and his unmistakable, million dollar hair. Polamalu's reputation as one of the most feared safeties in the league has only been compounded, if not upstaged, by that gigantic 'do ... and now it's being immortalized with an application for the iPhone and Droid smartphones. The app itself is simply Polamalu's hair with his face photo-shopped away so you can put anyone's face under the Polamalu-do. The name for it? Polamalooza.
This is all well and good, except that there's been plenty of great hair in the world of sports that has never seen this kind of hoopla, let alone a phone app. That's why we've compiled this list of some of the best sports hairdos. There SHOULD be an app for these:
Those dreadlocks are a force to be reckoned with. Imagine how hilarious they would look on grandma or, even better yet, your newborn baby. With our new app, you wouldn't have to imagine it -- you could make it happen, print it out and send it to all your friends using the caption, "that's just our baby being our baby!"
Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr (circa 1992)
The bouffant mullet at its best, and no duo in sports history could rock that 'do any better than Lemieux and Jagr. Now, any two people can sport the NHL's greatest mullets. Be it a couple in love, a man and his dog or just a couple of best friends -- the possibilities are endless!
Some people like their afro's to be symmetrical, round, and even in all their fluffy greatness. Then there's Ben Wallace, who has the afro equivalent of bed-head. This hair would go brilliantly with anyone making a surprised-looking face ... or a yawn.
THE original superstar of Major League Soccer in the mid-to-late 90s, Valderrama was like a soccer-playing predecessor of Troy Polamalu. Much like Polamalu, Valderrama's gigantic, curly blond hair was almost more famous than he was. If anything, we'd like to see Polamalu don this hairdo for Halloween on Sunday. Is that so much to ask for?
Of course, you could always play it safe and sport the perfect, pristine, slicked-back hair of our very own Barry Melrose -- but we can't guarantee instant hockey brilliance.