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DALLAS — Vince Lombardi surely would’ve loved to have Clay Matthews or Troy Polamalu on those great Packers teams of the 1960s.
Their hair? Uhhh, that might’ve been a problem.
At a Super Bowl where there’s been nearly as much focus on shampoos and conditioners as zone blitzes and passing schemes, one of Lombardi’s former players huffed at all the attention going to all that hair, from Polamalu’s out-of-control curls to Matthews’ stringy locks.
Heck, one might think there’s a hair convention in town, not the biggest football game of the year.
“Coach Lombardi didn’t like long hair and he didn’t like facial hair,” said Jerry Kramer, a lineman for the guy whose name is on the Super Bowl trophy.
“It would’ve been, ‘Comb your hair! Cut your hair!’ He wasn’t very shy about telling you that. We were all pretty trim and neat. We just didn’t have all that hair.”
My, how times have changed.
Polamalu and Matthews have such famous manes that each has landed his own shampoo endorsement deal. The Steelers safety pitches for Head & Shoulders when he’s not donning his helmet and shoulder pads, while the Packers linebacker recently landed an endorsement deal with Suave.
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