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Tim Hasselbeck Talks Thinning Hair and Super-Sensitive Athletes on 'Mike and Mike' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 28th 2010 1:26PM
Tim Hasselbeck, 'Mike and Mike in the Morning'Tim Hasselbeck spent many years working alongside professional athletes as an NFL quarterback, and he spoke on 'Mike and Mike in the Morning' (Weekdays, 7AM on ESPN2) about the reality that some of these big, strong tough guys aren't.

"These big strong tough guys," he said. "A lot of them, mentally though ... are super sensitive. Real sensitive." The myth of toughness and machismo that guys want to put off in the sports arena just never seems to hold itself together when stress and exhaustion become a factor. Everybody handles the same situations in different ways. "That's why every player's a little different as well in terms of how you manage them," Hasselbeck concluded.

He admitted that his own insecurities settled in when he started losing his hair. He might have become one of those guys with that horrible stringy comb-over look had it not been for the timely intervention of a teammate on the New York Giants.

He was already sporting the early phases of the dreaded comb-over when teammate Amani Toomer pulled him aside. "I think it's about time we had a talk," Toomer said. And then about the hair, he said, "You need to fire it before it quits on you."

Hasselbeck then and there shaved it down to the close-cropped look he sports now. "That's all I needed to hear to take it down." In other words, it's our civic duties as friends and colleagues to men with comb-overs to be their voice of reason. To tell them to fire it before it quits on them. In a world without comb-overs, we're all winners.

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