One can tell a lot about a man by the greatness of his mustache. A good stache can say one is confident, sensitive, tough, and even a bit on the crazy side. Throughout the years, we have seen many professional athletes sport some of the best mustaches known to man. Who could forget such greats as Rollie Fingers and Lanny McDonald? The memory of these great athletes is only enhanced by the image of their wild looking facial hair.
Though the mustache definitely reached its peak in professional sports during the 1980s, there are definitely still some good ones out there today. Of course, some of them are not so good, but that is part of what makes the stache such an amazing physical feature. It adds a bit of mystery to the man behind the mustache.
This group of guys has some of the best, or at least the most interesting, mustaches in sports today. Some will make you want to grab a razor and shave them yourself. Others might inspire you to grow such a glorious piece of facial hair of your own (or at least wish you could). No matter what, this is one article you are surely going to enjoy.
10. Cal Clutterbuck
Cal Clutterbuck backs up his bay boy style of hockey with a great bad boy mustache. Sometimes he goes for a little bit less of a flashy look, but often times he can be seen sporting a dangerous looking Fu Manchu. Clutterbuck is currently the right winger for the New York Islanders. He began his pro hockey career in 2008 with the Minnesota Wild where he broke the league’s record for most hits in a season during his rookie year. The Wild traded him to the Islanders for a prospect and a draft pick on June 30th, 2013.
9. John Axford
Not too many professional athletes are as proud of their mustache as Cleveland Indians pitcher John Axford. Since his first appearance in Major League Baseball, Axford has styled his stache a number of different ways. Midway through last season, he was traded to the Cardinals by the Brewers. This offseason the Cards choose not to give him a new contract. He signed with the Cleveland Indians’ on December 19, 2013. The Indians will not only be gaining a great arm, but one of the best pieces of facial hair in baseball.
8. Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller wears a mustache which is at times almost beard-like. His stache is a little more pronounced than the rest of his facial hair. Though he is sometimes clean shaven, the goal tender often grows some shag during the season and should have a mighty playoff beard if his new team, the St. Louis Blues, goes far in the playoffs. Miller gets a bit of stubble going on the cheek bones, but is pretty full on the upper lip and just below his mouth. Ryan was drafted in 1998 by the Buffalo Sabres and was an NHL All-Star in 2007 and 2010. He was also a member of the 2010 US Olympic hockey team.
7. Clay Zavada
Unlike other members of this list, Clay Zavada is really only known for his crazy mustache. He must have been a big fan of Rollie Fingers when he was younger because Zavada has done a great job at copying Fingers’ signature look. Zavada was originally brought into Major League Baseball as a relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamond Backs. His is currently a minor leaguer under contract with the San Diego Padres.
7. Paul MacLean
Paul MacLean is the head coach of the Ottawa Senators. He boast a very full, prominent stache. It is one of those mustaches that says “I’m all business.” MacLean began coaching after an eleven year career with the Blues, Red Wings and the Winnipeg Jets. In his first two season with the Senators, he led the team to a overall record of 66-48 and made the playoffs both times. This season the team is currently 32-29.
6. George Parros
George Parros’ mustache is a big and as full as his heart. The Montreal Canadiens’ right winger uses his signature stache as a way to raise money for charity. He runs an apparel line called “Stache Wear” that benefits the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Parros was drafted in 1999 by the Los Angeles Kings. During his career, he has journeyed from the Kings, to the Avalanche, Ducks, and Panthers before becomes a Canadien this past offseason. He was a member of the Duck’s 2007 Stanley Cup team. They actually used to sell “George Parros Mustaches” in the Anaheim team store. All the money from these mustaches went to charity.
5. Andy Reid
Has anybody ever seen Andy Reid’s upper lip? The Kansas City Chiefs’ coach started his career as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. He has always had a mustache which varies in length and thickness from time to time. His lip hair must be good luck because he brought the Eagles to the NFC Championship five times including a streak of four years in a row. He also led his team to Super Bowl XXXIX where they were ultimately defeated by the New England Patriots. Last year was his first season with the Chiefs. After the team was the worst in the NFL the year before Reid took over, they went 11-5 and made the playoffs under his leadership.
3. Jaromir Jagr
Jaromir Jagr is a strange man. He also happens to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Oh, and when he wants to he has one of the meanest looking playoff mustaches ever. The right winger was selected fifth overall in the 1990 draft. He won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburg Penguins. He also has an MVP trophy. Jagr is the most productive European born hockey player ever. Only three player lead the league in scoring from 1981 to 2001. Those names are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Jaromir Jagr.
2. Aaron Rodgers
The 2010 NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers, had one of the most talked about mustaches in professional sports. After growing it out for Movember, Rodgers decided to keep his new look for a while. Since it was introduced, the mustache has taken on a few different styles. Drafted in 2005, the Packers quarterback is a three-time Pro Bowler and was the MVP of Super Bowl XLV. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in career passer rating. One can only hope his bust in Canton will also be sporting his amazing mustache.
1. Shahid Khan
Shahid Khan’s mustache literally lays claim to being the Led Zeppelin of lip hair. Nobody, absolutely nobody, rocks the stache harder than the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Khan is worth an estimated $3.8 billion. He is the richest person in the world of Pakistani descent. He made his fortune as the owner of Flex N Go, which provide auto parts to companies such as GMC, Toyota and Ford. Khan purchased the Jaguars on November 29, 2011 from Wayne Weaver for an estimated $760 million becoming the first owner of an NFL team from an ethnic background. His mustache alone could buy out the average person many, many times over. If you think that is a joke, go ask the tiny gremlin who lives in it.