ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard might have shown he's better at blitzing than buzz cuts.
Woodyard is the player responsible for giving Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow his infamous haircut, shaving the top and leaving a ring of hair that made him look like a monk.
As a prank, it was perfect. As a practical haircut, not so wearable.
Tebow showed up at practice Tuesday with what remained of his hair buzzed. He still had his scraggily beard, though.
Woodyard was quite proud of his handiwork, not really knowing what he would do with the razor in his hand until he saw the top of Tebow's head.
That's when inspiration struck.
"I was like, 'I've got the perfect idea for you,"' Woodyard recounted. "So, I told him just to sit in the chair and we were going to take it from there."
Tebow and his crew of fellow rookies had their heads decorated with outlandish haircuts Saturday, part of a prank played on them by the veterans.
The cut of Tebow's locks drew national attention, appearing on sites all over the Internet.
"He took it like a man," Woodyard said. "He said, 'Come on, Wood, give me something good.' So I told him, 'I got you, I got you.'"
Woodyard might have been taking out some of his school's frustrations with the razor since he went to Kentucky, a Southeastern Conference rival of Florida, which Tebow attended. In his four years at Florida, Tebow helped the Gators outscore the Wildcats by a 175-56 margin.
"I had a joke with somebody. I said, 'Hey, since we couldn't beat him, I had to at least cut his hair,'" Woodyard said, laughing.
Woodyard has been a cut above on the field so far in training camp, earning a spot with the first team with injuries to Pro Bowl pick Elvis Dumervil (chest) and Jarvis Moss (hand).
Not that Woodyard is reading too much into his promotion just yet.
"You're never happy until you're on the football field, so that's a big thing," he said. "We had a couple linebackers go down and we've just got to continue to fight and whoever is going to end up on the field -- they're going to be the best players out there."
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