New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette: Fear The Beard

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Junior Galette has heard fans yelling “Fear The Beard,” when he has caused havoc in opposing backfields during training camp. Galette’s new look and prodigious facial hair have given the defensive end a vastly different look than when he arrived as a fresh-faced rookie in 2010.

He now sports a beard that that has become very popular, and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Many may think it was inspired by the beard of San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson, a former LSU standout.

Galette, however says, “No, it’s just a different look that I wanted to do. I had that clean, baby-face look all my life, so I was like hey I’m just going to let it grow.” The earliest Galette plans to take a razor to his furry face is sometime in February after Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Galette, who has emerged as one of the team’s top pass-rushers, has vowed to keep the beard until the Saints win the Super Bowl.  “Win the Super Bowl, then I’ll cut it off,” said Galette. “That’s the plan. But until then, I’m going to keep it.”

What if it takes three years for the Saints to win another Super Bowl? “I’m going to keep it,” he said. “I’m just going to let it rock and see what happens. It’s less maintenance. It’s a lot less grooming. You just have to shape it once a week. I like it, though.”

Saints fellow defenders, and even coaches, have said that they have seen a vast difference in his play since he was signed as an undrafted free-agent out of Division II Stillman College in 2010. “Junior’s a guy that’s established himself as a guy we’re going to play with,” defensive line coach Bill Johnson said after practice on Monday.