When barber Rob “The Original" Ferrel of San Antonio, Texas, offered via Facebook to cut a portrait of Manziel into anyone's hair who was willing, Chavez jumped at the chance.
By the end of the day Wednesday, Chavez was sporting a new doo with the likeness of the freshman Aggie phenom shaved into his scalp, along with Manziel's "Johnny Football" nickname and the Texas A&M logo.
Described as "like the Sistine Chapel of haircuts" by Clay Travis at Outkick The Coverage, the look was immediately a hit among sports fans. Taylor Hendrix of Cosby Sweaters wrote that it "is definitely the best tribute haircut I have ever seen." And Taylor (whomever he or she is) ought to know!
Unfortunately, the school district labled it “inappropriate.”
Thus, Chavez, 17, got a surprise when he arrived at his Hill Country High on Thursday. He said he was sent home by the school's principal and told not to return until “the best tribute haircut” ever was removed. Bummer, dude.
"I love the haircut. I'm a big fan of Johnny. My parents love it, too. They like Johnny. My older brother played with Johnny," said Chavez, who shared practice time with Manziel on the same football field when he was a freshman and sophomore junior varsity player at Tivy High School, Manziel's alma mater.
Chavez, who since has transferred to Hill Country High School, said he was told he couldn't have the haircut at his current school because it "was inappropriate for school policy. I can't go back until I get it cut out."
Chavez said he plans on keeping the image of Manziel intact for at least another day or so.
"Might as well keep it keep it tomorrow (Friday) and get it cut either Sunday or Monday. I thought I would be fine," he said. "I was surprised. My mom came and got me. She didn't like the fact they told me to go home."
A written statement from Kerrville Independent School District public relations specialist Jamie Fails said Chavez's hair style violated the school's dress code, which states: "Hair must be clean and neatly groomed. Only natural hair colors are acceptable. Hairstyles that are distracting are not acceptable."