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Rob Ryan fully intends to cut his majestic locks one day, but ‘not now with the peer pressure’

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Throughout his NFL coaching career, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan often has been regarded as a maverick of sorts, a loner (Dottie), a rebel.

Much of that has to do with the unconventional way he keeps his hair: Long, flowing locks of grayness. It’s a look, for sure, but definitely not the norm.

In fact, a story emerged this week that speculated the reason why Ryan hasn’t been considered a legitimate NFL head coaching candidate yet despite his coaching success is because of his “Born to be Wild’ hairstyle.

But Ryan, as is the case with many individuals of his generation, likely spent some weekdays sitting in front of the television watching “ABC Aftershool Special” episodes. Why? Because Rob Ryan knows you don’t have to give in to peer pressure to fit in.

During an impromptu interview while attending a New Orleans Pelicans game, Ryan maintained that external influence will not cause him to do anything he isn’t fully ready to do on his own.

“It is getting kind of long now. Eventually, I’ll cut it,” Ryan told the New York Post on Wednesday.”But not now with the peer pressure. I think I’ll let it grow.”

Good for Rob. Further, Ryan has a far more noble reason why he grows his hair out that should silence any of his critics. He intends to donate his hair to “Locks of Love.”

“Well, I mean I’ve done that since I was in Oakland,” Ryan said. “It all started with my daughter. I went to school and one of her classmates needed hair and all that. So, I’ve donated my hair about five different times to Locks of Love.”

Class act. And take that, nattering nabobs of negativity. Rob Ryan ain’t ever going to roll over, cave or succumb to peer pressure. He has good works to do, while looking bad as hell the entire time. Grow that hair out, Rob Ryan, and let that freak flag fly.