Petition to Save Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Beard
One of the great stories that nobody’s talking about in the NFL this season revolves around Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick … and more specifically, the development of his fantastically wonderful beard.
Now, living in Buffalo is obviously going to effect people in different ways, and for whatever reason – perhaps to help protect himself from the biting lake-effect cold – Fitzpatrick decided to grow a beard this year. That by itself isn’t particularly worth noting. But it’s the volume, the sheer girth of this particular beard that’s starting to become the most interesting story in an otherwise forgettable Bills season.
Following in the grand tradition of Phil Jackson, Kimbo Slice, Brian Wilson and Zach Galifianakis, Fitzpatrick has been growing out his facial hair all season long. And over the past few months, it’s quietly matured into one of the finest beards the sports world has ever seen. It has become something special that beard aficionados everywhere can appreciate, and those of us who can only grow patchy/lame beards can envy. And if you ask me, it even makes the Harvard grad look more distinguished. In a Jedi-meets-Yukon Cornelius kind of way.
But yesterday, Fitzpatrick said that he’s planning to shave his beautiful beard following the Bills regular season finale on January 2nd. Apparently, some of Fitpatrick’s Bills teammates have been giving him a hard time of late, wondering if he’s preparing for a Civil War re-enactment of some sort. Drayton Florence even went so far to give him the nickname, the “Amish Rifle” (which you have to admit is pretty awesome). And it seems that Ryan’s wife isn’t the biggest fan of the scratchy beard, and is looking forward to getting her clean-shaven husband back.
But we here at ReadAndReact are calling on the sports fans of America to Save Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Beard! In fact, we’ve gone ahead and created an online petition to rally support behind our cause. So if you’re like us and appreciate Fitzpatrick’s beard and don’t want to see it go, sign the petition and share it around the interwebs, so this noble movement can start gaining momentum.
This thing is bigger than all of us, people. Bills fans or not, let’s finally all come together and do something good for a change … ‘Tis the season, right?
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