If you didn’t know any better, you’d probably figure the guy in the picture is a random European hockey player who’s been too busy on the road to worry about shaving his beard. The more in-tune fan realizes it’s none other than Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who began growing out his beard this season. Midway through the year, the beard grew so large his teammates began calling him the “amish rifle.” Given how pathetic and unoriginal nicknames are these days, it wasn’t bad at all.
After keeping the beard the entire season, Fitzpatrick finally decided to have it all shaved off on Monday — the first day after Buffalo’s season ended (though it can be argued that was well before January). Speaking about the beard, the rifle said “When I first started playing, I think it was laziness more than anything. And I let it go, and it became…something, so I figured I wasn’t allowed to shave it until the season was over with. I’m sad to see it go today.”