Hey, who's the dude with the buzz cut?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Mathieu Bertrand wins the award for the most dramatic makeover in the off-season.

Edmonton Eskimos players and staff actually failed to recognize the four-year veteran fullback when he appeared for team medicals yesterday morning.

For example, Adam Braidwood failed on first look.

He didn't realize it was Bertrand until he heard his voice.

Why?

Because the flowing golden locks - which were down past the tips of his shoulders - are gone.

The 29 year old is now sporting a close facsimile of a buzz cut after cutting his hair for the first time in three years.

"One day I just woke up, I was tired of it and shaved my head," said Bertrand, who had the hair hacked off just two weeks ago.

"I don't like to play with a ponytail and it was probably going to come out at least eight inches (below) the helmet. That was going to be too long. I just decided to cut it."

Nobody should feel bad for not recognizing Bertrand because his own four-year-old daughter didn't know it was daddy after the trip to the barber.

"My little daughter - she barely recognized me.

"She was like, 'Daddy, is that you?' " said Bertrand.

"She is four right now and it has been three years I have (had) long hair."

Braidwood believes the new look will help on the football field.

"I am sure his helmet is going to fit a lot better," said the defensive end.

"I think he is going to run a lot faster too."


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