When it comes to amazing sports hairdos, there is no question the mullet is king. This is understandable, of course. Who wouldn’t want hair that’s business in the front, party in the back?
Well today we honor this quintessential sports hairdo with this list of the most breathtaking mullets in the history of sports. Most of them are from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. But the mullet has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in the new millenium (or should I say, mulletium), so there are some contemporary mullets that made the list as well. And regardless of the time period, they’re all beautiful in their own unique way. So get clicking, and enjoy the show.
According to Vikings DE Jared Allen, the mullet isn't just a hairstyle. It's a way of life.
Truer words were never spoken.
30. Jared Allen
McSorley's main job with the Kings was protecting Wayne Gretzky. So the guy grew a fearsome mullet in an attempt to look the part.
29. Marty McSorley
I always figured that when John Kruk retired he would move to Jacksonville and manage a trailer park. Who would have guessed he'd end up as an analyst on ESPN?
28. John Kruk
Dennis Eckersley is one of just four athletes to make both this list and our list of iconic sports mustaches. So sure, making the Hall of Fame was nice, but this is truly his greatest achievement.
27. Dennis Eckersley
Mitch was John Kruk's teammate in Philadelphia in the early 90s. Honestly, we probably could have put half that team on the list.
26. Mitch Williams
Behold the glory of the Euromullet. Sadly Fernando no longer sports this hairdo, but I'm sure he remembers those days fondly.
25. Fernando Torres
Almost as amazing as the feathered 80s mullet itself is this incredible poster. The bracelet, the watch, the...are those peanut shells? Man, this is classic.
24. Wayne Gretzky
The late Rod Beck is our second athlete also on the iconic mustaches list. It didn't matter where this guy grew hair; it was always spectacular.
23. Rod Beck
A bold mullet is not appropriate for all occasions. Sometimes you need something more subtle, like the Canseco. It's almost not a mullet. But it is.
22. Jose Conseco
Bosworth only played 3 seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks, but he made a lasting impression with his amazing late-80s mullet.
21. Brian Bosworth
From what does Coyotes goalie Mike Smith draw all his puck-stopping power? From this insane mullet. I mean, just look at it. This guy is not messing around.
20. Mike Smith
The Jets' Mark Gastineau was one of the most fearsome pass rushers of his generations, accumulating 100.5 sacks in his first 100 games. That makes this the all-time mullet sacks leader.
19. Mark Gastineau
Basketball legend Larry Bird: the third member of the mustache-mullet club along with John Kruk and Dennis Eckersley. Apparently you can take the man out of Indiana, but you can't take the Indiana out of the man.
18. Larry Bird
Roy Nelson may not be the most fit fighter in the UFC, but damned if he doesn't have the best hair. That is one furry mullet.
17. Roy Nelson
Troy Tulowitzki is doing his best to get the mullet reinstated as the official hairdo of Major League Baseball.
Good luck, Tulo. We are all counting on you.
16. Troy Tulowitzki
Sure, Kenny Powers is a fictional character from a TV show. But the mullet is oh-so-real. How could I leave the permy goodness off the list?
15. Kenny Powers
The Chicago Blackhawks' hard-partyin' Patrick Kane can't grow a particularly robust playoff beard. So when April rolls around he has his own tradition: the playoff mullet.
That might be the best mullet-related idea of all time.
14. Patrick Kane
West German soccer player Rudi Voller won the 1990 World Cup with this mullet. He later went on to coach the German national team, but having long since abandoned the mullet, the best they could do under him was a second-place finish in 2002.
13. Rudi Voller
Pitcher Travis Schlichting isn't exactly a household name. In fact, the 28-year-old has appeared in only 16 career games. But if he keeps working hard and stays true to the mullet, I'm sure one of these days he'll break through.
12. Travis Schlichting
Legendary women's tennis player Martina Navratilova introduce the mullet to the world of tennis back in the 80s. Her bold hairstyle obviously inspired another tennis great...
11. Martina Navratilova
One day while growing up in Vegas, Andre Agassi walked into the salon and told 'em, "give me the Navratilova." Then he put on a pair of jean shorts, and the rest was history.
10. Andre Agassi
Not all mullets are wild and untamed. Some are smooth and sophisticated, like John Daly's.
9. John Daly
For a guy who coached only 225 NHL games over 2 full seasons and 2 partial seasons, Barry Melrose sure has managed to carve out a solid career for himself as an analyst. There's no doubt in my mind that it has something to do with this classy mullet.
8. Barry Melrose
Randy Johnson is the fourth and final member of the mustache-mullet club. Of course, he also took part in the Great Mullet Showdown of 1993—his famous duel against John Kruk in the 1993 MLB All-Star game.
7. Randy Johnson
The late great Mike Awesome had what I think was the best pure mullet in pro wrestling history.
6. Mike Awesome
Jennifer Capriati made her professional tennis debut in 1990 at the age of 13. This is what her hair looked like.
5. Jennifer Capriati
South Carolina Gamecock quarterback Steve Taneyhill (1992-95) never made it to the NFL, but he'l always be remembered as the crazy guy with the majestic, flowing mullet.
4. Steve Taneyhill
Not many men have the confidence to go with the horsetail-mullet. Sadly for Italian soccer fans, this mullet didn't help him make that decided penalty kick at the 1994 World Cup.
3. Roberto Baggio
Now, I know what you're thinking: there is a mullet even more incredible that Jaromir Jagr's? How is that possible?
But trust me, there is...
2. Jaromir Jagr
The late Dwayne Schintzius had a solid 8-year NBA career from 1990 to 1999. For part of that time, he sported the greatest mullet in the history of sports.
Of course, there's an obvious explanation for Schintzius' mullet ability: the guy was born and raise in Florida.