New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t care if you think his beard is ugly or weird-looking.

Fitzpatrick, who admits he struggled for most of his life to grow a beard, won’t even shave it now for his beloved wife.

“I had a hard time growing facial hair until I was about 24. It was just patchy and it would never come in,” the 11-year NFL veteran said after a recent practice. “And then, I don’t know, something happened in Buffalo. It finally thickened up.”

Asked if he’s considered other styles of facial hair, he insisted he “can’t really do a goatee or the ‘stache."

“Just the beard,” he said. “I don’t know that it looks the best, but that’s the look I go with. It took me so long to be able to grow one that I was proud of it when it was able to come in like it did.”

His beard has become his trademark and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

By Glenn Erby


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