The Greatest Beard Ever March Madness Bracket

It’s never been done before—a March Madness bracket to crown one bearded champion. So, we’ve selected 64 of the greatest beards this world has ever seen and your votes will determine the winner.

The Beardbrand Greatest Beard Ever March Madness Bracket will run concurrently with the NCAA Tournament. There will be a total of six rounds over several weeks, as indicated below:

First round: March 16-17
Second round: March 18-20
Sweet 16: March 23-24
Elite Eight: March 25-27
Final Four: March 30-31
Championship game: April 1-3

In each round, you can vote on each matchup. Whichever beard gets the most votes wins the matchup and moves on to the next round. We’ll update the bracket after every round.

THE BRACKET - CHAMPIONSHIP

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CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Here’s how the championship played out. The percentage next to each name represents the percentage of votes they received in that matchup.

3. Brett Keisel - 57.2%
3. Greg Berzinsky - 42.8%

FINAL FOUR RESULTS

Here’s how the semi-finals played out. The percentage next to each name represents the percentage of votes they received in that matchup.

3. Brett Keisel - 60.4%
1. Dusty Hill - 39.6%

3. Greg Berzinsky - 66%
8. Charles Darwin - 34%

ELITE 8 RESULTS

Here’s how round 4 played out. The percentage next to each name represents the percentage of votes they received in that matchup.

Music Region
1. Dusty Hill - 64.6%
2. Billy F. Gibbons - 35.4%

Sports Region
3. Brett Keisel - 73.5%
1. James Harden - 26.5%

History Region
8. Charles Darwin - 51.7%
10. Ernest Hemingway - 48.3%

Actor/Other Region
3. Greg Berzinsky - 61.6%
1. Eric Bandholz - 38.4%

SWEET 16 RESULTS

Here’s how round 3 played out. The percentage next to each name represents the percentage of votes they received in that matchup.

Music Region
1. Dusty Hill - 55.5%
4. John Petrucci - 44.5%

2. Billy F. Gibbons - 64.2%
11. Chris Daughtry - 35.8%

Sports Region
1. James Harden - 54.8%
4. Charlie Blackmon - 45.2%

3. Brett Keisel - 55.3%
2. Ryan Fitzpatrick - 44.7%

History Region
8. Charles Darwin - 54.1%
13. Ulysses S. Grant - 45.9%

10. Ernest Hemingway - 51.6%
3. Leonardo da Vinci - 48.4%

Actor/Other Region
1. Eric Bandholz - 51.5%
4. Carlos Costa - 48.5%

3. Greg Berzinsky - 66.4%
2. Mahesh - 33.6%

ROUND 2 RESULTS

Here’s how round 2 played out. The percentage next to each name represents the percentage of votes they received in that matchup.

Music Region
1. Dusty Hill - 56.7%
8. Iron and Wine - 43.3%

4. John Petrucci - 61.8%
5. Jerry Garcia - 38.2%

11. Chris Daughtry - 56%
3. Rick Rubin - 44%

2. Billy F. Gibbons - 52.6%
7. Kyp Malone - 47.4%

Sports Region
1. James Harden - 59.6%
8. Brian Wilson - 40.4%

4. Charlie Blackmon - 65.7%
5. Tim Howard - 34.3%

3. Brett Keisel - 83%
11. Dallas Keuchel - 17%

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick - 91.2%
7. Ezekiel Elliott - 8.8%

History Region
1. Hans Langseth - 42.1%
8. Charles Darwin - 57.9%

13. Ulysses S. Grant - 50.9%
12. Henry David Thoreau - 49.1%

3. Leonardo da Vinci - 56.7%
11. Claude Monet - 43.3%

10. Ernest Hemingway - 52.8%
2. John Knox - 47.2%

Actor/Other Region
1. Eric Bandholz - 72.5%
9. Zack Galifianakis - 27.5%

4. Carlos Costa - 86.9%
5. Ben Wilson - 13.1%

3. Greg Berzinsky - 56.9%
6. Jeff Buoncristiano - 43.1%

2. Mahesh - 64.5%
7. Oscar Isaac - 35.5%

ROUND 1 RESULTS

Here’s how round 1 played out. The percentage next to each name represents the percentage of votes they received in that matchup.

Music Region
1. Dusty Hill - 70.1%
16. Zac Brown - 29.9%

8. Iron and Wine - 61.2%
9. Black Thought - 38.8%

5. Jerry Garcia - 59.8%
12. Jim Root - 40.2%

4. John Petrucci - 59.9%
13. Chris Stapleton - 40.1%

11. Chris Daughtry - 63%
6. Rick Ross - 37%

3. Rick Rubin - 51.1%
14. Zakk Wylde - 48.9%

7. Kyp Malone - 63.6%
10. Father John Misty - 36.4%

2. Billy F. Gibbons - 64.1%
15. Ray LaMontagne - 35.9%

Sports Region
1. James Harden - 88.5%
16. Cooper Kupp - 11.5%

8. Brain Wilson - 63.7%
9. Brent Burns - 36.3%

5. Tim Howard - 58%
12. Roman Reigns - 42%

4. Charlie Blackmon - 71.5%
13. Connor McGregor - 28.5%

11. Dallas Keuchel - 66.3%
6. Odell Beckham Jr. - 33.7%

3. Brett Keisel - 84.6%
14. Kimbo Slice - 15.4%

7. Ezekiel Elliott - 51.2%
10. Triple H - 48.8%

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick - 93.9%
15. Hacksaw Jim Duggan - 6.1%

History Region
1. Hans Langseth - 72.1%
16. Confucius - 27.9%

8. Charles Darwin - 69.3%
9. Edward Teach - 30.7%

12. Henry David Thoreau - 62.7%
5. Johannes Brahms - 37.3%

13. Ulysses S. Grant - 50.9%
4. Ned Kelly - 49.1%

11. Claude Monet - 58.8%
6. Frederick Douglass - 41.2%

3. Leonardo da Vinci - 81.8%
14. Leo Tolstoy - 18.2%

10. Ernest Hemingway - 51.7%
7. Walt Whitman - 48.3%

2. John Knox - 58.1%
15. Abe Lincoln - 41.9%

Actor/Other Region
1. Eric Bandholz - 92%
16. Dev Patel - 8%

9. Zack Galifianakis - 50.1%
8. Jason Momoa - 49.9%

5. Ben Wilson - 56.4%
12. Common - 43.6%

4. Carlos Costa - 87.5%
13. Chuck Norris - 12.5%

6. Jeff Buoncristiano - 73.3%
11. Nick Offerman - 26.7%

3. Greg Berzinsky - 85.4%
14. Billy Mays - 14.6%

7. Oscar Isaac - 60.9%
10. Mr T - 39.1%

2. Mahesh - 62.2%
15. David Letterman - 37.8%

HOW WE PICKED THE 64 BEARDS

Selecting just 64 beards to put in the tournament was no simple task. To help make it a little easier, we used some general criteria:

  1. We only considered full beard styles (no mustaches, goatees, or partial beard styles).
  2. We only considered real people (no fictional characters, cartoons, etc.).
  3. We gave preference to those who consistently have a beard or are known for their beard.

REGIONS

We divided the 64 beards into 4 different regions:

Music
Rockstars, rappers, folkies, and producers with iconic beards.

Sports
Athletes have always pushed the boundaries of facial hair—they invented the playoff beard, after all.

History
The best beards from the golden age of facial hair. If they’re no longer living, they’re in the history category.

Actors/Other
This category includes actors, television personalities, and of course, the beards behind Beardbrand.

Ultimately, we know that some pretty epic beards didn’t make the cut. But hey, it wouldn’t be March Madness without all those bubble teams that don’t make it into the tournament, right?

Cast your votes, and let's crown a champion.

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