The fade helping Panthers' Underwood stand out among WRs
Posted August 3, 2014
Spartanburg, S.C. — As the Carolina Panthers hit the midway point of their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., they continue to integrate an entirely new crop of wide receivers into the offense. One of the 11 wide outs in camp stands out above the rest, however, and it has nothing to do with his ability to catch-and-run.
By simple metrics Tiquan Underwood's 4.31 second 40-yard dash time leaps off the page. When the sixth-year wide receiver from Rutgers removes his protective headgear, it's not his speed that grabs everyone's attention.
"It started as a joke with my friends, basically a dare,” said Underwood. “Jason McCourty, who plays for the Titans, and Devin McCourty, his twin brother with the Patriots, we were all joking around one day and I actually went through with it at the barbershop. We were all sitting there, playing around, and it just grew from there."
"His hair is cool, right?” laughed fellow Panthers wide receiver Jason Avant. “He has the most distinguished hair in the National Football League. Everyone knows him by his haircut."
Underwood’s hair style is a throwback to the hip-hop group Kid n' Play, which just so happens to double as Cam Newton's new nickname for him. And even with the distinguished lift to his flat top, Underwood’s "tower" is surprisingly easy to manage, he insists.
"In the morning, pick it out, comb it,” Underwood said. “Two minutes, and I'm out the door."
By the tale of the tape, Underwood measures in at 6-foot-1. Including the hairdo he checks in a little over 6-foot-4. It begs the question, ‘how does he cram that copious coif in there?’
"To be honest, the helmet isn't a problem because it's so soft,” he said. “The helmet just pushes it down."
As long as he's playing, Underwood says he will stay away from the sheers.
"I'm gonna let it grow for as long as I can and see how high it can go," Underwood said.