In November, Austin High School reserve guard Tommy Olmsted decided to participate in a No-Shave November competition.
Then, the ugly downside of being an undefeated basketball team in the state tournament kicked in.
Olmsted vowed not to shave the beard until the Packers lost a game. The contrast to his teammates became even more stark when the Austin players shaved their heads in January in support of a teammate's mother who is fighting cancer.
As noted on the Packer Fast Break Club web site: "Thus was born “Fear the Beard!” And since Austin is now 28-0, Tommy’s beard has had a lot of time to grow. James Harden has nothing on Tommy…at least in beard-growing ability."
The Packers will play The Blake School in the Class 3A quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon at Williams Arena. Olmsted is typically the third player off the Packers bench and won't be hard to spot.
Olmsted also plays baseball for Austin. If the Packers win the state tournament -- they're seeded second behind De La Salle -- there's no word on whether Olmsted will keep the beard until the baseball team loses a game.
If you want to see Olmsted without facial hair, go here.