Dallas Cowboys rookie center Travis Frederick had his Duck Dynasty-style beard chopped off Thursday in front of fans and media members at 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House in Frisco.
The first-round draft pick from Wisconsin reclined in a leather chair as Milad Ziyai, a barber from Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, trimmed Frederick’s bushy whiskers to benefit victims affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas. Cowboys fans filled the back of a pickup truck with clothing, supplies, and non-perishable food items that will be donated to the victims.
“Today’s a great opportunity because in OTAs [organized team activities] we’re focusing on football all week and [now I’m] taking the afternoon to focus on the people who were affected by the tornadoes in Granbury and Moore, Okla.,” Frederick said. “I knew it [trimming his beard] was going to have to happen at some point. It’s starting to get a little bit warmer.”
Fellow offensive lineman Tyron Smith, the second-year left tackle from USC, came out to support his rookie teammate. Smith said he has been impressed with Frederick through the team’s second week of OTAs.
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“He’s picking up things quickly,” Smith said. “I’m proud of him so far.”
Smith, along with rookie tight end Paul Freedman, an undrafted free-agent signee, sampled a variety of barbecue and looked on as Ziyai meticulously lopped off Frederick’s beard.
“I’m excited for Travis. He’s doing a really good thing,” Freedman said. “It’s a fast-growing beard. I think it will grow back fast.”
When the trim was complete, Frederick stood up and smiled. The shave, which erased almost a year’s worth of facial hair, took nearly 45 minutes to complete. Only closely-groomed growth remained in place of his previously eight-inch long beard.