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Top 10 Best Dreadlocks in Pro Sports

In recent years, we have seen a huge rise in the number of professional athletes putting dreadlocks in their hair. The style is especially popular with young players in the NFL. Typically, we think of

In recent years, we have seen a huge rise in the number of professional athletes putting dreadlocks in their hair. The style is especially popular with young players in the NFL. Typically, we think of people with dreadlocks as the people who go to music festivals and drum circles. However, with the rising number of athletes adopting the hair style, that ingrained image is starting to change.

Normally, dreads are formed by intentionally weaving strands of hair together to make long coils. Of course, they can also be formed by just not washing one’s hair over a long period of time. Today, this hair style is mostly associated with the Rastafarian religion, but it is also adopted by many other cultures throughout Africa, Western Asia, and South America.

A lot of people are highly against this new look in sports. They believe the style is dirty and "thuggish." A rule in professional football, known as "The Rickie Rule," states that if a player’s hair falls below the helmet, that extra hair is part of the jersey and can be used to tackle a person. This rule was adopted after Rickie Williams got his dreadlocks ripped out by an opposing defender.

Regardless of how some people view the style, dreadlocks are very much the "in" style in professional sports. It is one trend that will continue to catch on over time. This growing trend inspired us to write an article on the absolute coolest dreads in professional sports. In the word of the hippies who have worn them since the 1960s, these guys’ dreads will “blow you mind, dude!”

10 Jarvis Jones - NFL

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9 Eddie Lacy - NFL

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8 Andrew McCutchen - MLB

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7 Chris Johnson - NFL

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6 Kyle Beckerman - MLS

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5 Larry Fitzgerald - NFL

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4 Richard Sherman - NFL

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3 Bear Woods - NFL/CFL

2 Dustin Brown - Tennis

1 Drew Gooden - NBA

The only thing better than a head full of dreadlocks is a beard full of dreadlocks! Drew Gooden is currently a member of the Washington Wizards. Throughout his career, he has played for ten different NBA teams and has played both power forward and center. He was drafted in 2002 and was a member of that year’s NBA All Rookie Team. Who knows what was going through his head when he decided to adopt this look.

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