Raymond a cut above the rest

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:39 PM ET

Hes known as Mr. Versatility on the football field, and the same could be said for Keon Raymond off it, as well.

However, the reason the third-year Calgary Stampeders defender took up the art of haircutting was simple economics.

With three young sons, there are four male heads in the house that need steady grooming.

But it wasnt until Raymond took his three boys Keon Jr., 7, DaShaun, 5, and Ramael, 3 to a barbershop back home and was handed a $60 bill that he knew something had to change.

When I left after paying him, I went and bought me some clippers, Raymond said. I said never again. That was three years ago.

Sixty bucks every few weeks is a good tab. Ive saved a lot of money by cutting our hair.

Now the defensive back-linebacker is making money with his clippers. It only started this season when some teammates found out Raymond did his own styling and it looked pretty good.

Now, after practice and team meetings are done, Raymond sets up a chair in the clubhouse bathroom and breaks out the clippers.

He works for tips, with $20 the going rate.

This year in camp, we cant really do too much, Raymond said.

I had my clippers this year and I was messing around with my own hair.

A few guys asked me where I had it cut. I said I did. Now everybody was knocking on the dorm door looking for a haircut. It started coming in from there on.

The reviews are positive.

Defensive back Taurean Allen received a cut Friday from Raymond and is pleased with the work. Fellow safety Eric Fraser had his one-and-only Calgary haircut by Raymond and is impressed.

I dont ask for anything crazy, Fraser said.

It just has to be straight. I have a weird hairline. Even if he messes up, it wouldnt last too long. It would only be like that for a couple of weeks.

Although Raymond feels hes pretty good now, his skills didnt advance without a lot of practise. So at least no one was paying for the cuts he gave his sons early on.

I tried to give my oldest son a fade, Raymond said with a laugh.

He ended up with a cereal bowl cut at the top. It was a military look. That was when I first started.

My wife said, What did you do? Now shes the referee. When I get done with them, they go straight to her and do a little spin. She will give me the thumbs up.

I definitely took a few plugs out of their heads. They went bald a few times. Its been a learning process.

Raymond might actually try to open a barbershop of his own when hes finished with football.

When somebody leaves you, looks fresh and feels good about themselves, to have something to do with it makes me excited.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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