Horton’s hair story

Posted by Darren Urban on November 17, 2011 – 3:26 pm

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton wears cornrows normally, although when the team got off the plane when it got back from Philadelphia, I noticed Horton had released his fairly prestigious hair from its everyday trappings. It was hard not to notice it again Thursday, as Horton, 51, coached practice with his hair fanned out like he was lost in the 1970s.

It all seemed like a big mystery. “I don’t know why he’s doing it,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “It’s fun to pick on him a little bit, though. Everyone is coming up with different nicknames. Adds life to the locker room, which is good.”

Said cornerback Richard Marshall, “I asked him, but he really didn’t say too much. He probably doesn’t like it. I don’t know what the situation was.”

Horton just said he was going to be back to his normal look Sunday for the 49ers, and certainly didn’t sound like this was done on his own. (And no, I don’t have a picture, because obviously if I did, it would be posted.)

This afternoon, during an interview on XTRA 910, he explained why. Turns out the offensive linemen (of all people), told him he should let it out when the Cards broke the losing streak. The Cards beat the Rams, but the linemen didn’t say anything, so Horton didn’t follow up. When they finally mentioned it, he said he would if the Cards won two in a row — and they did in Philadelphia.

Horton let the hair out on the plane ride home — hence my scene on the tarmac — and “they all looked at me like I was crazy,” Horton said.

Better yet, Michael and Bill Bidwill saw Horton today and said Horton should leave it out for the game in San Francisco. Horton won’t do that — he wants to try and look as professional as possible — but promised them if the Cards beat the 49ers and the Rams on the road the next two weeks, he will indeed let it out for the next home game, which will be against Dallas Dec. 4.

Meaning, of course, things could get hairy for the Cardinals over the next two games.

Yes, I went there.

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11 Responses to “Horton’s hair story”

  1. By Steve on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. Urban

    You indeed went there, and U SHOULD be ashamed!

    And no pic???? Sheer negligence!! 😉

  2. By Darren Urban on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Picture

    If he is still sans cornrows tomorrow at practice, I’ll get a picture.

  3. By David Corcoran on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    I think you should withdraw that bad hair comment Darren, you’re a hair’s breath away from compromising your journalistic integrity.

  4. By MIKE G on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –Horton is styling. Hopefully we can stop the SF running game this week and not turn the ball over on the offensive side of the ball. SF is living on short fields and has one of the highest turnover ratios in the NFL. We must take care of the ball and realize that a punt can be a good play sometimes. Darren–you noted in your article that Todd Heap’s injury is a bit of a mystery. Did he re-aggravate the hamstring a week or 2 back??? Seems too long??? We need him to contribute!!!

  5. By Steve on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Please do, it’s nice to see the younger legs with the “step” necessary to bring pressure finally have a consistent idea of WHERE to run to.

    Going to be fun for years to come (we really did need the off season).

  6. By Brandon LA on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Oh Dear

  7. By brad oneill on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    corn rows are professional? I never thought of them that way before.

  8. By AndyStandsUp on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Couldn’t find a current picture of him, but here’s his high school yearbook photo:

  9. By jonnyb on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    yeah get that pic that would be awesome lets go cards stop gore and we should win this.lets go MEGAMAN SKELTON use that cannon

  10. By LUKE on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    ok enough about the hair!haha.the article on d.washington was awesome!I was excited when we drafted him.I knew he was going to be good but he really is starting to shine.Wow!

  11. By Barry Bond on Nov 22, 2011 | Reply

    Good job in San Francisco coach Horton! Holding the 49ers to just 3 field goals in the first half was great D. Remember the Niners had the ball for over 21 minutes and only 9 points in 21 football minutes? As for the last half of the game the D just ran out of gas and that is O.K. because the offense stunk it up before Rich Bartel came in. Rich took a hell of a helmet to helmet smash hit from Niners Patrick Willis after Bartel slide to the turf. It cost Mr. Willis 15 yards for hitting a quarterback that was on the ground. Skelton throws were very INACCURATE and one 10 feet over an open Fitzgerald. Worst offense I have seen ever by the Cardinals? Whiz needs to start Bartel against the Rams he did good the short time he was in the 49er game. One note: The LONGEST run the 49er defense has allowed this SEASON was a 37 yard run? Who was that running back? Surprise, surprise 49ers it was our own Chester Taylor! I loved it last Sunday, 1 carry for Chester was the longest run allowed in ten 49er games. Lo!

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