Rob Lowe, the legendary actor, holds different meanings for different people. Some recognize him as Chris Traeger from “Parks and Recreation,” others as Sam Seaborn from “The West Wing,” or perhaps as Billy Hicks in “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
However, for a unique subset of football enthusiasts, Lowe is famously known as “the guy who wore the NFL hat to the NFC Championship Game.”
In 2020, Lowe became an instant internet sensation when he was spotted at the NFC title game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers sporting a plain black cap with the NFL logo.
It was a curious choice, almost as if he were saying, “go football!” or “I just hope both teams have fun!” The hat seemed to fit perfectly with Lowe’s renowned character from “Parks and Rec,” but it was still quite unconventional.
Recently, Brett Haman of BroBible sat down with Lowe to uncover the truth behind the hat that captured the football world’s attention.
Lowe explained, “So here’s the background on it…I believe it was the first year of ‘9-1-1 Lonestar.’ To promote it, they flew me to the game…On the way into the stadium, they give me a selection of hats…And then there was the one simple NFL shield hat, which I had never seen before other than on a ref. This is what the refs wear, I think. And I was like ‘this is sick, I’m wearing this.'”
His decision to don the NFL hat immediately garnered attention, with his phone blowing up as soon as he was spotted. Lowe humorously added that every league in the world seems to send him a hat.
In essence, Rob Lowe: football fan, purveyor of ironic headwear, and legendary meme.