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Brady: Putting the ponytail to good use

Tom Brady’s tiny pony at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Tom Brady’s tiny pony at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro. (Associated Press)
March 18, 2011

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Tom Brady hasn’t explained why he tied back his long, tousled mane into an unfortunate-looking ponytail during Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebration earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped the peanut gallery from jeering at the famed Rapunzel of the gridiron.

Whether the much-discussed locks were intended to please Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, or to cover up a receding hairline, the QB can silence his critics — while helping a good cause — by chopping his ’do at the Kid Cancer Buzz-Off, an event scheduled to take place at Gillette Stadium this June. Money raised at the event will fund research to help kids beat cancer. And the buzzed hair will be donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit providing hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term hair loss.

There is one caveat. Locks of Love can only accept donations that meet certain requirements, including that hair be in a ponytail before it is cut. That should give Brady’s critics pause: Maybe his new hair-tie isn’t such a bad fashion statement after all.