LeBron James, Henrik Lundqvist, Jared Allen Crowned Fan Favorites in
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Athletes are used to going head-to-head on game day, but off-the-field
face-offs? Well, when we’re talking beards, the competition can get
pretty hairy, according to a new survey from Just For Men.
Just For Men, the iconic Men’s Hair Color brand, polled 1,000 Americans
across the country to find out who they thought had the best beard in
four professional sports categories, as well as the best celebrity
facial fuzz. Whether they were heads above the rest, or simply winners
by a whisker, these beard-sporting stars prove one thing: From the fans’
vantage point, facial hair stands out.
“Putting the question to consumers of which sport stars and celebrities
have the best beards turned up some fun findings,” said Ralph Marburger,
North American Category Director for Combe Incorporated’s Just For Men
brand. “Similar to team loyalties, Americans can be extremely divided
when it comes to choosing their favorite beards, as evidenced from the
Among football players, a clear winner emerged from the field: Jared
Allen of the Chicago Bears faced down his scruffy opponents and came
out dramatically ahead, with 49% of the vote. Eric Weddle of the San
Diego Chargers was a distant second, with 15% of respondents ranking
his beard best, and the New York Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick followed close
behind with 14%.
When it came to basketball players, the competition got tighter, with
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers netting the top spot with 33%
of the vote, edging out Deron Williams of the Dallas Mavericks (27%).
The Houston Rockets’ James Harden came in third with 17% of the vote.
The baseball diamond’s gold standard of facial fuzz was squarely
divided between Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays (27.1%) and
Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros (27%). Following close behind was
Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals (23%).
In hockey, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers iced his bearded
rivals, coming away with an impressive 51% of the respondents’ vote.
The Dallas Stars’ Johnny Oduya came in a distant second with 15%, and
Patrick Maroon of the Anaheim Ducks followed with 13%.
Hollywood celebrities are also getting their fair share of face time
on the beard front, as evidenced by the growing facial-hair trend.
When asked which famed beard shined brightest, 33% picked Hollywood
heavy-hitter Jake Gyllenhaal, star of the new film “Everest.” Joe
Manganiello, of “Magic Mike” and “True Blood” fame, snagged 23% of the
vote, followed by rapper Drake (18%), and actors Johnny Depp (18%) and
Brad Pitt (7%).
The survey coincides with Just For Men’s #Beardspotting contest, a brand
new sport in search of the “Best Beard Ever.” The contest invites people
to upload their best beard and mustache photos for a chance to win
prizes. Led by New York sports legends and rhyming duo Keith Hernandez
and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid
weekend trip for two to New York City in November to join the judging
panel at the 2015 Just For Men National Beard & Moustache Championships
To follow along in the quest to find the best beards in the nation,
For additional information on Just For Men Mustache and Beard, visit www.JustForMen.com.
About Combe Incorporated
Combe Incorporated is a manufacturer of personal care products,
including Just For Men®, Vagisil® intimate health care products,
Sea-Bond® oral care products, Brylcreem®, Aqua Velva® and Lectric Shave®
men’s personal grooming products and Williams® Mug® Soap. Combe, a
privately held multinational company founded in 1949, has its global
headquarters in White Plains, N.Y.
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