Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) sits on the bench during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (Photo: AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel shaved his well-known beard Thursday night for his annual "Shear Da Beard" fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, but not all the children were happy about it.
A clean-shaven Keisel took the stage to "Sharp Dressed Man," unrecognizable to many, including his two-year old daughter Grace.
"My daughter came in the door and she was like who is that. I don't know him," said Keisel. "I had to get my voice out toher and make sure she realized it was me talking to her. She finally warmed up to me."
But other than that "very important person," as Yahoo describes young Grace, many were inspired by Keisel's act.
“Brett’s beard really has taken on a life of it’s own and Shear Da Beard has become a great annual event to support cancer programs and research at Children’s Hospital,” Christopher Gessner, the president of the Children’s Hospital said. “We’re extremely grateful to Brett, and more importantly to his wife Sarah for letting him grow the beard back each season.”
You'll want to see the video of the clipping, described on YouTube:
Pittsburgh's best-known beard is gone. It leaves behind warm, fuzzy memories and a sizable sum of cash.
He had plenty of help Thursday night, as one by one, Steelers' players and coaches including Mike Tomlin, Dick LeBeau, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Cameron Heyward and Charlie Batch stepped onto the stage of Jergel's Rhythm Grille to snip a slice of Keisel's humongous whiskers.