He is hardly the only Patriots’ offensive lineman in recent years to grow a beard, but his beard was perhaps the most substantial in Boston sports history. Before the 2007 season, he had decided not to shave or trim any facial hair until the Patriots lost.
By the time Super Bowl XLII rolled around for the 18-0 Patriots, Mankins’ facial hair was ready for its own area code. It stretched deep down his neck and began to encroach on his shoulders, way beyond badass biker mode.
"There are some small animals in there," fellow lineman Dan Koppen said of his teammate’s beard. "There's food and all sorts of stuff growing in there, too."
It came off following the Super Bowl loss, along with those hopes of going 19-0.