Whenever facial hair, charity and football players mix, the only possible result is entertainment.
“We’re going to see how long we can grow it, and every week is another $5 and we’re going to donate it to the charity of each other’s choice,” Muller said. “Let’s say I would shave after a year, I would owe $260 to Tim to donate to another charity of his choice. … It’s going to be fun, but he’ll cave.”
For Gleeson, a victory means Muller donates cash to the Melanoma Institute in Australia. It’s a cause close to Gleeson’s heart after his father had multiple melanomas removed in his lifetime.
“If I can get people to donate or just raise some money myself, it’s a good cause,” Gleeson said.
Muller is undecided on his charity but breast cancer and testicular cancer research funds are in consideration as well as children’s hospitals.
Gleeson got a head start in the contest, but said he fears the speed at which Muller grows his own facial hair.
“Give him a month and I’m sure he’ll catch up,” Gleeson said. “If you look at that man’s body hair, it’s all over him. I might try to take a few vitamin pills to speed up the process but I’m sure he’ll catch me in no time.”
May the best beard win.