Redskins rookie Zach Hocker receives hideous hazing haircut

Ben Rohrbach
July 31, 2014
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Redskins rookie kicker Zach Hocker posted a picture of his rookie hazing haircut on social media. (Twitter)

As a prep place-kicking recruit, Zach Hocker sported some serious lettuce atop his head.

The Redskins rookie could use a few of those golden locks to cover up his hazing haircut right now.

Given the option of performing a comedy skit in front of his veteran teammates or letting them select his new hairstyle, the University of Arkansas product chose the latter, posting the above haircut befitting a Razorback on Twitter with the caption: "No one ever said your rookie season would be easy."

News crews in the nation's capital captured a few more angles at training camp on Thursday.

"I kind of regret it now," Hocker told ESPN's John Keim. "In the moment it was fun, but now I wish I had thought of something funny for the team. ... I didn't anticipate this. I got up on the stage and they put up three pictures for the team to vote on. This was my look. They let me have it and there I went."

The man whose job Hocker is attempting to steal, incumbent Washington kicker Kai Forbath, reportedly performed the haircut. According to Keim, Hocker must keep the hairdo for a week, and veterans haven't told him yet whether he can shave it prior to the team's Aug. 7 preseason opener against the Patriots.

Hocker was the lone kicker selected in this year's NFL Draft after setting a school record for career points at Arkansas. After making the first 17 field goals of his NFL career, Forbath has made 18-of-23 since, so Hocker may not be the only Redskins kicker getting a cut this summer.

As impressive as Hocker's self-described "horizontal Mohawk" is in the annals of the NFL's rookie hazing haircuts, Tim Tebow's Friar Tuck fuzz from 2010 still tops the list.

Tim Tebow sported the Friar Tuck fuzz as a Broncos rookie in 2010. (USA TODAY Sports)
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Tim Tebow sported the Friar Tuck fuzz as a Broncos rookie in 2010. (USA TODAY Sports)