The beard isn’t weird: The quarantine beard is alive and well in the sports world

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Be honest — your personal grooming habits have deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic, right?

You probably don’t shower as often. Heck, you might not even get freshly dressed every day. It’s OK — we’ve all let our standards slip in one way or another.

But let’s look at the bright side. The quarantine beard is alive and well in the sports world. Some sports stars have decided to stop shaving and, well, the results are simply glorious.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was already a hero to the facial hair appreciation society — and only endeared himself more this week:

LeBron James has already gone through a few stages of his beard. It was a bit unruly before James’ wife gave him a trim.

“Psychologically, it can be a sort of declaration of fortitude and heartiness,” Christopher Oldstone-Moore told Wired. He studies gender and hair at Wright State University and wrote a book about the history of facial hair.

“It’s a way of saying, ‘I’m tough. I can withstand adversity.'”

So Fitzpatrick and other athletes are doing what a lot of men are doing to get through the pandemic.

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