One of the great things about the NFL Draft isn’t necessarily the event itself but some of the bizarre stories that lead into annual spectacle.
In this week’s Sports Illustrated, Peter King details a story about an unnamed NFL coach that expressed concern over the red hair of Dalton:
“Has there ever been a red-headed quarterback in the NFL who’s really done well? It sounds idiotic, but is there any way that could be a factor? We’ve wondered.”
Last year, the Dez Bryant/mom/prostitute angle popped up but this is strange. He may not be successful because of his hair?
Are we lumping him in with Billy Joe Tolliver all of a sudden?
In fact, let’s take a quick look at some famous and highly successful redheads:
Sonny Jurgensen: The former Washington Redskin and Philadelphia Eagle quarterback performed quite well with red locks. He threw for over 30,000 yards and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Jurgensen was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
Julianne Moore: She appears to be a well-adjusted actress with a solid body of work. Her career highlights include Boogie Nights and The Kids Are All Right.
Bill Walton: He was a two-time NBA champion and of course, one of the key cogs in the UCLA Basketball dynasty that netted two consecutive national championships during Walton’s time as a Bruin from 1971 to 1974.
Andy Dalton may be an NFL bust. However, it’s unlikely that his hair color will be a contributing factor.
As for that unnamed NFL coach, it sounds like he needs to get out more.