Found December 20, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Boston Red Sox tugged, pulled and rode their scraggly beards all the way to a World Series championship in the fall. If it worked for the Sox, maybe putting the razors away will be good for the Panthers, as well. Carolina has won nine of 10 games since tight end Greg Olsen began letting his beard grow out in early October, following a 22-6 loss to Arizona in Week 5. “I started growing a beard, and the next thing you know we’d rallied off three, then four, then five (wins). I said, ‘Hey, I’m riding this thing out for the rest of the year,’ ” Olsen said Thursday. “Ever since I haven’t shaved, our fortunes have turned. We were 1-3 the last time I shaved. So I’ve just been letting it roll. Every once in a while I give it a little trim so I don’t look completely ridiculous.” Several other players, including receiver Steve Smith and a few offensive linemen, also have been letting their 5 o’clock shadows turn into beards – some with more success than others.

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Greg Hardy says he’d take a pay cut to stay in Carolina

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A dislocated finger will not stop Panthers WR Steve Smith from facing Saints

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Carolina Panthers look to lock up playoff berth this week

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Ron Rivera trying to end Panthers playoff drought: 'Every game is important and that's the way you have to approach it'

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Panthers 1 win from ending playoff drought

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Panthers' Jonathan Stewart out at least another week

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Greg Hardy Willing To Offer The Panthers A Hometown Discount

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Greg Hardy: ‘I’ll take a small cut’ to stay with Carolina

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