August 24, 2011
These days, the hip thing for most budding football stars to do when trying to make a hair statement is to rock a mohawk, or at least a faux hawk. Perhaps that's why Orlando (Fla.) Colonial High wide receiver Derek Knott's choice of hairstyle is all the more striking: As seen on Orlando network WFTV, Knott sports what has to be the best retro 1970s afro in all of high school football … if not all football, period.
Just how big is Knott's afro? According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Colonial star's official height is 5-foot-9, but he said that if measured at the top of his hair, he would stand closer to 6-foot-2.
"I am going to have to get it trimmed for school, but I will only get an inch or two taken off," Knott told the Sentinel. "A lot of people always talk about the hair. I like it long. It makes me look a little taller. Actually, even with my hair, I have one of the smallest helmets on the team when I pull it [his hair] back."
Of course, while playing football, Knott's fantastic 'fro tends to get matted down by his helmet, which puts a slight damper on his retro personal stylings. Luckily, Knott stars in more sports than just football: He's also a standout long jumper, a pursuit which puts absolutely no crimp on his hairdo … and also looks even more fantastic (if that's possible) when he leaps with his afro held back by a thick hairband.
Look, Prep Rally isn't usually in the business of fashion commentary, but Knott's valiant efforts to single-handedly resurrect 1970s sporting hairdos is too good not to point out. Has anyone seen any that are better … or even close to as glorious as Knott's? We'd love to see them.