Alabama quarterback and three-time BCS National Champion AJ McCarron can add a new title to his impressive resumé: AXE Hair Spokesperson. The first-ever Alabama QB to pass for 3,000 yards in a season has partnered with AXE Hair to keep his locks looking fresh with the brand’s new line of hair gels. McCarron recently received a haircut courtesy of celebrity stylist Amy Komorowski at Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers in New York City. Even though he was busy getting groomed, he took some time to chat with us about the 2014 NFL combine, the NFL draft, and of course his hair.
Men's Fitness: Tell us about the hairstyle you're rocking today.
AJ McCarron: I'm using the Messy Look Matte Hold Gel. I really like it because it’s a 24-hour hold so you can go out in windy weather and do whatever you need to do and your hair just stays the same. You put it in and you can move your hair however you want, and it doesn’t give hair a shiny, hard or flaky look, which is something I love. I’ve used a lot of different gels in my day, on a lot of different hairstyles, and it’s definitely different from the gels I’ve used in the past. And, the girlfriend likes it too which always helps out.
MF: Do you wear gel under the helmet?
AM: I used to wear gel under the helmet and then eventually it would just sweat out. I’m looking forward to using AXE Hair because before the game we’ve got to get dressed up in a suit and everything. I’ll have it in my hair, take the helmet off, and have it still be in there. I’m looking forward to it.
MF: What would you say your personal style is?
AM: I like dressing different from normal, different from every guy down south. I wear a lot of skating companies, so Hurley, Billabong, and a lot of Vans shoes.
MF: How are you training for the NFL draft?
AM: Busy day, every day. It’s a thirteen-hour day. I’m at D1 Training in Jackson, Mississippi. We wake up usually around 6:30 a.m., eat breakfast, and then from there we go work out, throw, eat lunch, come back, and work out again. We do some type of speed training, then agility. Next, we’ll throw again, eat dinner, break down film, do stuff on the board such as working through defenses, then go eat dinner again, and then I hit the bed. Usually by the end you’re so tired.
MF: Whew. That's your routine every single day?
AM: For the next couple of months, for sure. Up until the combine, and then when the combine is over we’ll get right back into it, all the way up until Pro Day, which is late March.
MF: What part of your game are you trying to improve going into the combine?
AM: I’m definitely trying to master my mechanics as much as possible to help myself when throwing the football, putting my body in the right position to throw the best ball for my receivers.
MF: What is your greatest strength right now as a quarterback?
AM: I think it’s my mentality. When it comes down to breaking down defenses and the mental aspect of the game, I think that’s definitely one of my strengths.
MF: Do you have any place in particular you would like to get drafted?
AM: No, I don’t. I’m not worried about where in the draft I’m going to go. I just want an opportunity, and when my time comes I’ll take advantage of it.
MF: What would it mean to you to be an NFL player?
AM: It’s a blessing just to be in this whole situation and this whole process. It’s something that not only I, but also my family, always cherishes.
MF: Can we get one of your favorite stories from college?
AM: Throwing the first pass to my brother. During the Georgia State game I threw his first pass to him and he caught it and ran for a couple of yards. That’s something I’ll always remember.