Top 15 Nastiest Beards in Sports

The word “nasty” has a lot of different connotations. It’s become an oft-used adjective in the baseball lexicon, as many a commentator has used it to describe a particularly sharp curveball or any other exceptional breaking ball that a pitcher has in his repertoire. In another sense, the word can be used to describe an athlete’s attitude or demeanor, and it is often vital that linemen in the NFL play with a nasty streak, or that NHL enforcers are able to bring some level of nastiness to the ice. And, of course, the word can be used to describe something that is just plain disgusting.

When it comes to athletes and their facial hair, the word nasty can be applied in any number of the aforementioned ways. There are beards in the world of sports that are so unkempt that it would not be surprising to learn that it is the home to a small family of rats or some other vermin or varmint, nasty in the sense that the beard is considered to be more than just a bit repulsive. Then there are other beards that are nasty in the same way that a 12-6 curveball is nasty, and these beards are the reason that sales of razors and shaving cream have been steadily plummeting in the sports world recently.

The following 15 athletes are therefore representative of all possible meanings of “nasty.” Some of these athletes have beards that make them intimidating to opponents while also making them completely repellent to women, while others on this list have beards that are nasty in the sense that it wouldn’t be surprising that they have had change dropped into their coffee cups while out of uniform by citizens intent on helping the less fortunate.

15 15. Daniel Norris


14 14. Brett Keisel

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13 13. Abel Xavier


12 12. Jayson Werth

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11 11. Joe Beimel

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10 10. James Harden

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9 9. Carlos Villanueva

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8 8. Josh Reddick

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7 7. Adam Kleeberger


6 6. Clayton Kershaw

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5 5. Simon Whitlock


4 4. Brian Wilson

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3 3. Daniel Bryan


2 2. Roy Nelson

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1 1. Brent Burns

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The missing teeth, wild hair and unkempt beard all work in concert to make Brent Burns one of the nastiest looking players in all of professional hockey. Which is really surprising considering the fact that Cosmopolitan once named Burns as one of its hottest hockey players of 2013. Just a few years after gracing the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine and Burns has gone from one of the best-looking players in the NHL to one who bears a passing resemblance to Captain Caveman.

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