Great beards in sports

It's tradition that teams in various sports grow beards to mark the postseason, or as a team togetherness activity.  We've found examples of that and more in our gallery of great beards in sports.  (Note: not every athlete has a beard.)

  • April 20, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Detail view of Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) beard during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion. The Thunder defeated the Kings 103-92. USA TODAY Sports

  • May 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Baron Davis (85) reacts on the court against the Miami Heat during the first half of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 89-87. USA TODAY Sports

  • Jun 29, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Amanda Beard competes in the preliminaries of the womens 200m breaststroke in the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at the CenturyLink Center.

  • Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly drinks from a gatorade bottle as liquid drips off his beard in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 10, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward Drew Gooden (0) boxes out Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) during the second quarter at the Power Balance Pavilion. The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Sacramento Kings 115-113. USA TODAY Sports

  • April 8 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Greg Zanon (4) during the second period of the game against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center. USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 14, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) against the New Orleans Hornets during the second half of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Mavericks defeated the Hornets 107-89. USA TODAY Sports

  • May 5, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford (59) reacts after being pulled from the game during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 17, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Members of the United States womens 4 x 400m relay team pose after finishing second in 3:20.41 in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. From left: Natasha Hastings and Jessica Beard and Ashley Spencer and Francena McCorory. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) on the sidelines against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets win 37-13. Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks guard John Moffitt (74) on the sidelines during the 2nd half against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Denver 40-10. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers fan wears the Brian Wilson beard during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Dodgers won 4-1. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 9, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. The Cardinals won 17-0. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 6, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) has his beard pulled in celebration by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) after hitting a game-tying grand slam home run during the seventh inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phoenix Mercury guard Jasmine James (10) guards Los Angeles Sparks forward Alana Beard (0) in the first half of game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals at Staples Center. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox mascot Wally sporting a beard before the start of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 24, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) walks off the field after grounding out to end the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Washington 2-0. Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt (72) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 37-21. Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 29, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) during the NFL International Series game against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Steelers 34-27. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) pulls on his beard in celebration of designated hitter David Ortiz (34) hit his second home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price (14) during the eighth inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Fenway Park. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (16) at bat in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports