Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is turning heads on game days. In fact, his 285 receiving yards through two weeks leads the NFL.
But the former Maryland football star is turning heads in practice for a different reason: his teeny, tiny shorts. A few photos to illustrate the point:
In a great writeup in the Ringer, Diggs explains how hiked up hems became part of his signature style.
Ironically, it all goes back to the NBA. Specifically its golden generation of stars in the '80s.
Diggs said he'd been in the habit of ordering retro basketball shorts for use off the field, but in the spring of 2015, he decided to bring the style to practice.
“I kept rolling my shorts up, shorter and shorter,” Diggs said. “By training camp, [equipment managers] came up to me and said, ‘Uh, we can hem them. I guess.’”
In addition to the style element, the receiver appreciates less fabric for freer movement. Fast forward more than a year and his practice shorts are as short as anatomy will allow.
Diggs is not alone in his affinity for showing some leg in practice and around town. Just check out Wizards forward Kelly Oubre.
But Diggs does stick out in the NFL world, which may not have seen shorts that miniscule since Chris Cooley rocked these in the mid-2000s.
Hope Chris Cooley gets a good gig. Gotta respect a guy who wears these shorts in practice. pic.twitter.com/ZxQDDuxe— Justin K (@JustIn_Buffalo) August 28, 2012
“My mom sees it and makes fun of me constantly; she calls me John Stockton,” Diggs said. And she isn't the only one to reference thigh-bearing NBA stars.
“Coaches name basically every ’80s basketball player. I’m paying respect to ’80s basketball players, even if I don’t know every player they are talking about. Sometimes I don’t even hear what coach it is, I just hear someone yelling some ’80s player.”
As far as Diggs is concerned, that's a compliment. But his teammates don't exactly agree.
“His shorts are unreasonable,” fellow Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said. “He’s the first guy I’ve ever seen do that on a football field, but you can’t be mad at him, because he’s owning it.”
“I just look at it and say, ‘What is he doing?’ This is not going to catch on," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “I don’t even know what Stef is trying to show off. He has skinny legs.”
The teasing only makes Diggs double down. “Everyone on the team has been making fun of me, so I’m not going to change now."
But the former Maryland star isn't just a short shorts enthusiast. He's an evangalist as well.
“Short shorts are cool. It should catch on," he said. Diggs told the Ringer that he hopes to talk to athletic wear companies about making them specifically for football.
The equipment managers hemming his practice shorts would surely appreciate the help.
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