Compared to last year, it's understated. And that's saying something.
Antrel Rolle, the Giants' two-time Pro Bowl safety, debuted another eccentric haircut when he reported on Friday, carrying on his training camp tradition, which began five years ago.
Cut by Arthur at Goodfellas Barber Shop in Rolle's hometown of Miami, it's reminiscent of the 2012 edition, but with one glaring difference – no neon coloring. This year didn't call for it.
"It's just a little something," Rolle said after Friday's conditioning test. "I always do something just to take my mind off the long process of training camp. It's just one of my ways of getting myself ready.
"My barber always comes up with his own thing. I just let him do his thing. He always comes up with his own designs."
The 'do isn't just a way for Rolle to turn heads, either. It's for the good of the team. Rolle, who admits to being superstitious about certain things (and this is one of them), began the annual clipping in 2008 before his fourth season with the Cardinals, who came within 35 seconds of a victory in the ensuing Super Bowl XLIII against the Steelers.
Onto something, Rolle re-introduced the tradition to New York in 2011, and that season ended with the Giants hoisting a Lombardi Trophy. It didn't yield the same results last season, but Rolle knows it will take more than luck to return to the playoffs.
"I think it definitely fuels my hunger for the mere fact that I've experienced winning the Super Bowl here in the state of New Jersey/New York and that was probably the best feeling I've had in my life," Rolle said. "Once I had the taste of that, I definitely want to go back and at least have the opportunity to play for the world championship each and every year. So like I said, I can only speak for myself and I'm sure my teammates feel the same way, we're equally determined to go out there and prove the team we can be."