KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sean McGrath hears the question — have you ever seen “Duck Dynasty?” — and stares back.
“What’s that?” he responds, blankly.
But McGrath, the second-year tight end who sports a thick brown beard so epic it can’t help but remind you of one of the characters on the popular A&E reality show, can only hold out so long before he starts laughing.
“Yeah, I know what Duck Dynasty is,” McGrath said. “I don’t watch it. But those guys have got some good looking beards on there.”
Not that, you know, McGrath thinks his beard takes a backseat to anyone.
“Girls with nice legs wear short shorts because they want to flaunt their legs,” McGrath said. “I’ve got something beautiful with this. Why not flaunt it, you know? Grow that thing out.”
But if McGrath’s jokes about his beard are a reflection of his sense of humor, the fact his facial hair has even become a topic of conversion — as evidenced by the smattering of fans who wore fake beards to the Chiefs’ 31-7 win over the Giants on Sunday — is an indication of how well his short tenure with the Chiefs has gone.
“He’s consistent, there’s nothing real flashy,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He’s just a good, solid, consistent football player.”
One who has stepped up at a crucial position during the Chiefs’ 4-0 start.
Despite the fact the Chiefs claimed McGrath off waivers from Seattle one week before the season opener, the 6-foot-5, 247-pound graduate of tiny Henderson State in Arkansas has proven to be a quick study, emerging as a reliable target during the recent injury-related absence of Anthony Fasano.
Since then, McGrath — who spent last season with Seattle’s practice squad — had made the most of the opportunity, with 11 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown, all the while impressing others with his enthusiasm.
“You can tell he loves to play the game — you can tell that on tape without knowing him,” Reid said.
“I think he’s definitely proving that he knows what he’s doing out there, proving that he knows his job and he’s going to go out there and execute,” said quarterback Alex Smith. “I think that’s the mark of being trustworthy.”
McGrath caught a career-high five passes for 64 yards and scored his first career NFL touchdown in his second career start Sunday against the Giants.
He began growing his beard on a lark on St. Patrick’s Day — his dad’s birthday.
When asked to pinpoint a reason, he wasn’t very definitive.
“Maybe it has something to do with me losing it on the top,” McGrath said while removing his hat, revealing a balding dome. “I don’t have a whole lot on top, so I figure I might as well grow it on my face.”