Ryan Fitzpatrick sports short shorts in tribute to Isaiah Ford, trims beard
Ryan Fitzpatrick created quite the scene at Miami Dolphins practice Wednesday, as the newly minted backup to Tua Tagovailoa was spotted on the field rocking supremely short shorts.
What’s more, word on the street is that Fitzpatrick may have shaved his immaculate beard as well amid a demotion that the veteran admitted hit him pretty hard.
Footage from the pre-practice calisthenics, where Fitz’s skin-tight short shorts are instantly noticeable, follows.
Breaking news out of #Dolphins practice. Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to have trimmed his beard. And he is wearing very short shorts. pic.twitter.com/ethdEt8ivC— Ruthie Polinsky (@ruthiepolinsky) November 4, 2020
Here's video of Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa at practice today and Ryan Fitzpatrick in really short shorts pic.twitter.com/bq75K3H1gI— WPLG Local 10 Sports (@Local10Sports) November 4, 2020
While no evidence has surfaced on social media that confirms Fitzpatrick has indeed cut back his legendary and majestic facial hair in recent days, there is a great reason behind him donning the short shorts.
It turns out Fitzpatrick did so to pay tribute to wide receiver Isaiah Ford, who was dealt to the New England Patriots ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.
#Dolphins LB Jerome Baker says Ryan Fitzpatrick wore his shorts like this as a tribute to WR Isaiah Ford, who wore his like this in practice before being traded away. Fitz was very complementary of @IAF_1 during his time in Miami. https://t.co/omUB0CzhDe— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) November 4, 2020
Fitzpatrick’s appearance at Wednesday’s practice obviously was an amusing tribute to a traded teammate, but his demotion despite leading the Dolphins to a 3-3 record to make way for first-round pick Tagovailoa was tough on him.
In fact, Fitz admitted being relegated to clipboard carrier left him “shocked” and “heartbroken.”
Despite his heavy heart, Fitzpatrick continues to demonstrate how he’s a class act and a team-first player who is unafraid to have a little fun at his own expense.