Take a minute and just listen to Jackson Dillon talk about his new haircut. The Memphis Tigers senior linebacker is so proud of his mullet and wants the entire country to know it.
“This isn’t a a haircut,” he says with a straight face. “It’s a lifestyle.”
A rare sixth-year senior after suffering season-ending injuries the last two years, Dillon is definitely happy to be playing football again, and the new look has put his confidence at an all-time high.
The interview is one of the best anyone will see all season long.
Inspired by a picture of someone rocking a mullet and remembering his uncle and friends all had the hairstyle in the 1980s, the 23-year-old Dillon is already in full character before it even gets to that ridiculous, out-of-control phase.
These quotes are straight dynamite:
“The mullet, man, you just let it flow. Business in the front. Party in the back. Dude. And there ain’t a whole lot to it.”
“The first game it is going to look majestic. You’ll think I have a ’69 Camaro out in the parking lot blaring some Motley Crue or something.”
“You gotta have a Busch Light in your hand and an American Flag.”
When asked if he had any sponsors in mind, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound linebacker quickly quipped Busch Light, FRAM Oil Filters, Realtree Outdoors, and archery brand Hoyt.
Put the man on the Heisman Trophy watch list just for this right now.
A Ringling, Oklahoma native, Dillon has recorded 111 total tackles, including 20.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles during his career, which includes 32 stars. He tore his MCL in 2016 and suffered a shoulder injury in the season opener in 2017, forcing him to miss the entire year.
Tigers coach Mike Norvell has to be ecstatic to half a talented and experienced linebacker back for the September 1 season opener against Mercer at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, and so are we with this new mullet.
Dillon is on his way to topping Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy for college football mullet glory.
Give it a little time for the Memphis linebacker to grow it out, but you better believe the nation will now be watching to see what he does and says next.