As a prep place-kicking recruit, Zach Hocker sported some serious lettuce atop his head .
The Redskins rookie could use a few of those golden locks to cover up his hazing haircut right now.
Given the option of performing a comedy skit in front of his veteran teammates or letting them select his new hairstyle, the University of Arkansas product chose the latter, posting the above haircut befitting a Razorback on Twitter with the caption: "No one ever said your rookie season would be easy."
News crews in the nation's capital captured a few more angles at training camp on Thursday.
Gotta love rookie show hair cuts. Right @zhocker18 ? Lookin goooooood. pic.twitter.com/8Xg8Aq7SGd — Nick Sundberg (@NickSundberg) July 31, 2014
Rookie Zach Hocker's haircut! Hahaha. pic.twitter.com/SFpvuVayUJ — Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) July 31, 2014
This is what rookie hazing looks like. Redskins kicker Zach Hocker calls it the "horizontal Mohawk." pic.twitter.com/JptptYrzLP — Eric Kolenich (@EricKolenichRTD) July 31, 2014
This is what happens when you go on stage without a rookie skit. #Redskins pic.twitter.com/SpfPMQQmAQ — George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) July 31, 2014
"I kind of regret it now," Hocker told ESPN's John Keim . "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."
The man whose job Hocker is attempting to steal, incumbent Washington kicker Kai Forbath, reportedly performed the haircut. According to Keim, Hocker must keep the hairdo for a week, and veterans haven't told him yet whether he can shave it prior to the team's Aug. 7 preseason opener against the Patriots.
Hocker was the lone kicker selected in this year's NFL Draft after setting a school record for career points at Arkansas. After making the first 17 field goals of his NFL career, Forbath has made 18-of-23 since, so Hocker may not be the only Redskins kicker getting a cut this summer.
As impressive as Hocker's self-described "horizontal Mohawk" is in the annals of the NFL's rookie hazing haircuts, Tim Tebow's Friar Tuck fuzz from 2010 still tops the list.
Ryan Clark has been a showman, entertainer, spokesman, pontificator, critic, leader, mentor and fashionista - and that's just from one week of Washington Redskins training camp. Clark and Taylor were teammates for two seasons, and Clark began wearing No. 21 during practices in recent years with the Steelers.
The injuries are already piling up in Indianapolis. On Thursday, the Colts put starting left guard Donald Thomas on season-ending injured reserve with a torn right quad, the same diagnosis that ended his 2013 season after just two games. The move comes one day after running back Vick Ballard had season-ending surgery to fix a torn left Achilles' tendon. We feel awful for Donald just like Vick,'' coach Chuck Pagano said after a morning walkthrough.
When seven pro football greats have their legendary status verified this weekend at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, many other former stars will smile during the ceremony.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the seven new Hall of Famers this week, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.
Ray Guy Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders, 1973-1986 Punter
Guy was a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams with the Raiders, and this third championship came in early 1984, when Guy, then a decade into his brilliant career, punted seven times for 299 yards against the Washington Redskins. Guy dropped five of his seven punts inside the 20-yard line, and he saved a high snap on one of them with a one-handed snag.
Guy's punting in that game — several boomers high in the air that mostly were fair caught — epitomized his career. The term "hang time" was developed when Guy became the league's best at hanging the ball in the air to allow the Raiders' coverage teams to diverge on the opposing returner.
Although Guy would play two more seasons, his career hit a zenith on that afternoon in Super Bowl XVIII.
Impact on the game
Raiders head coach John Madden knew he had something special right away in 1973 when Guy ranked second in the NFL in punting average with a gaudy 45.3 yards per kick. Over his first nine NFL seasons, Guy never had a season with an average of less than 41.6 yards. He made the Pro Bowl seven times over that stretch, and he was All Pro six times.