From the Detroit Free Press’ Shawn Windsor (January 25) :
He doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback, they say. Troy Aikman had the jaw and the blond hair. Dan Marino’s brown mane helped him sell leather gloves on television. Joe Namath’s wave suggested macho frolick and opened doors to Manhattan’s playboy scene.
But Matt Hasselbeck? The Seahawks quarterback who torched the Carolina Panthers in the NFC championship game?
Quarterbacks aren’t bald. They aren’t supposed to sport receding hairlines. Maybe that’s why Hasselbeck won’t be the most highly touted quarterback in the Feb. 5 Super Bowl at Ford Field. Maybe that’s why Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, possessor of a manly brown beard, was bronzed Sunday when his team beat the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship game, even though Hasselbeck’s play was equally dominant.