Beard Of The Week

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 31 2014 @ 10:05am

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The back-story:

That bearded guy who’s apparently [Green Bay QB] Aaron Rodgers’ good-luck charm? He’s Wausau’s Jeremy Wilcox.

Wilcox, whose company is a Lambeau Field contractor for the Green Bay Packers, caused a social media stir when FOX Sports TV cameras caught Rodgers tugging the man’s beard right before he re-entered Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. Rodgers injured his left calf right before the half and sat out two series before returning in the third quarter to lead the Packers to a 30-20 victory that secured a first-round playoff bye and a home game. … [F]ans are joking that Wilcox’s beard was pivotal in the Packers big win.

No joke. James Dator counts the ways:

There are three good reasons pulling this beard is important to Aaron Rodgers.

– It’s a beard that brings him luck.

– He’s wistfully remembering his own beard.

– The beard’s essential oils soften his throwing hand in preparation for the Packers next drive.

Previous BOTWs here. Update from a reader:

You missed the best part of the beard story: “It’s red and 9 inches long, and #Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tugs it for good luck”.

Heh.