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Osgood's Blond ambition

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    It's hard to miss Osgood's hair or his work on Chargers special teams

    2:00 a.m. August 2, 2009

    Kassim Osgood's hair is yellow. Well, maybe it's gold. Corn? Saffron? Imagine yourself staring into the sun from about 15 miles away, something like that. Think of one of those lights that chase bugs off your porch. He's now The Blond Gunner.

    The Chargers' special teams ace/wannabe wide receiver took one look at teammate Shawne Merriman's striking blue Mohawk as the team opened training camp and figured one-upmanship was necessary. Whoever mixed the dye probably had to turn away to avoid cornea burn.

    Osgood has gone blond, really, really blond, and don't even bother asking if he's having more fun.

    “Oh, yes,” he says, laughing. “Definitely.”

    A special teams Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2008, Osgood is standing outside the locker room after practice and his teammates walk by, reach up and rub his locks – which are 6-feet-5 inches off the ground – as though he can bring them good luck. He smiles. The former San Diego State receiver likes to smile and have a good time, which also happens to include hitting people very hard.

    “I'm in direct competition with Shawne Merriman,” Osgood says. “When I saw that blue Mohawk, I had to come up with something, and it couldn't be blue. I had to be a blond. I did it the night before camp opened; I needed a last-minute substitution. Now I'm getting everything from the guys; I'm Demolition Man and Cisco. These guys have active imaginations.

    “I like it. It's clean and fresh. It's fun. It's festive. This is the Chargers' 50th anniversary, so now we have Shawne with blue hair and me with gold. I look better in gold. It's a perfect fit. It isn't going to fade like the blue, and I figure I have to do it now while I still have hair to grow.”

    Somehow, the hair doesn't quite fit the image of Osgood, among the NFL's elite special teams players, but then, Gen. Patton was born blond, and he could mix it up.

    “A lot of guys dig it,” he says. “The way I see it, I've got to have it like this up to the first game of the season. Then we'll see how the maintenance goes.”

    But enough about looks. Osgood never really fashioned himself as a special teams player. In his mind, he's a receiver, and he has a pedigree. As a senior at SDSU in 2002, he ranked second in the nation with 108 receptions and fourth in yards per game (119.4) as he and fellow Aztecs wideout J.R. Tolver combined to set NCAA records.

    And yet he went undrafted, and as so often happens with undrafted players, he had to prove his worth on special teams, so you know the rest. Osgood did catch 28 balls for 586 yards and four scores his first two years in The League, but there have been few opportunities since. The itch to catch remains.

    “Oh, wide receiver, definitely,” he says when asked his preference. “I know I still can do damage as a wide receiver. I've kept my skills fresh. When called, you have to be able to maintain your focus, but my focus now is getting a Super Bowl ring anyway I can, doing whatever I can.

    “But it's hard to keep your skills up when you're not playing. I get in a decent amount of reps in practice, but they rarely come when Philip Rivers is quarterback. I did get a lot more work in with Philip during the offseason.”

    Meanwhile, Osgood has remained close to his alma mater and plans to get even closer. He admires the cut of new SDSU coach Brady Hoke's jib, whatever that means.

    “He's really a solid guy,” Osgood says. “And I really like (defensive coordinator) Rocky Long. When he was at New Mexico, he held me under 100 yards. They dominated us defensively. He's a great asset. They seem so well-organized now.

    “And they're reaching out to the alumni. They've actually sent me two shirts. That sure never happened before. I've been talking with Az Hakim and Marshall Faulk about getting more involved in the program. We have pride in the school. People have to take it more seriously.”

    Osgood is 29 now, so his days as a possible impact receiver could be dwindling. He's in the final season of a four-year contract, and though it would be his preference to be catching more Rivers spirals, he has made a name for himself on special teams. He's a marked man.

    “I've had friends on other teams tell me, 'Yeah, Kassim, they're after you,' ” he says. “So I get blindsided. It makes it more fun. I always focused on being a receiver, not a special teams guy. But I've always loved contact. It's a good tension release. Special teams is a huge part of the game.

    “I don't know what's going to happen after this year. We'll see the direction of the team, how we do. I like San Diego. I want to stay here. It will be weird going to another city.”

    No weirder than what's sitting atop his head.
  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
  3. turbo_turtle

    turbo_turtle In Disguise

    Aug 2, 2006
    :lol: His Eye Brows and mustache need to match. :lol:

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    He must be pulling out all the stops from being cut.
  5. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

    Sep 9, 2006

    And Merriman should shape his mohawk into a bolt.

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    Does he think that looks cool?
  7. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    The annual Osgood watch begins.
  8. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    Kassim is awesome.
  9. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Looks like Rodman. :yes:
  10. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007
    No Osgood story is complete without him pining for action as a wide receiver.
  11. MONDO.

    MONDO. Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2007

    He's getting clowned as well he should looks stupid as hell; but hey dudes gotta get attention somehow; he should be given a chance to play receiver in preseason and prove he's game.

    Looks retarded but whatever its under the helmet thankfully.

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