J.J. Watt may have underestimated the impact of debuting his new hairstyle.
The former Texans star turned CBS analyst surprised many with his departure from his usual short, clean-cut appearance, opting instead for a spiked, messy hairdo reminiscent of boy band aesthetics from yesteryears or the heyday of Usher during Super Bowl 2024.
In a tweet, Watt humorously acknowledged the change, wondering if anyone would take notice. It turns out, they did.
While it takes bravery to reveal a new look on such a grand stage like the Super Bowl, the reactions were swift and, in some cases, brutal.
David Bakhtiari, longtime Packers offensive tackle and close friend of Aaron Rodgers, didn’t mince words, likening Watt’s hair to the aftermath of an electrical accident.
Others on social media harked back to simpler times, comparing Watt’s new ‘do to middle school memories and the ubiquitous presence of hair gel.
Despite the mixed reception, Watt found solace in the supportive words of his wife, Kealia Watt, who expressed pride in him via Instagram, albeit without mentioning his hair.