No, silly, not a DALLAS Cowboy (Although I wouldn't really mind if he was), I'm talking about a real Cowboy. A Western, gun totin', cowboy boot wearing, Django Unchained lookin', steer wrastlin' Cowboy. Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings receiver (for the time being, anyway) has developed a surprising affliction for the rustic wear.
And I have no real idea why.
These photos all come from his Instagram account, where he's certainly shown an appreciation for flair and randomness. It's not Michael Beasely level randomness, but it's still enough to make me like him as a person probably a lot more than I ever have as a football player. Dropped passes anyone?!
As best I can tell, this all started about a week ago when Jerome went shopping for the outfit you see below:
A week ago would still put this new Cowboy fascination past when the movie Django Unchained was released, which began (rekindled post-Blazing Saddles?) the Black Cowboy phase. At least in Minnesota. I'm pretty sure there's tons of black guys who are Cowboys all over the world, but I would posit it to be a rarity in Minnesota. But Jerome hits the ground with spurs clicking, giving the thumbs up with his tight jeans, big ass belt buckle, decorated Cowboy shirt, big ass Cowboy hat, and some shades at night just to look like a boss.
He followed this picture up with an appearance in the same outfit a couple days later at a Timberwolves game, so yes, Jerome went out in public like this, which makes me like him a whole lot more:
I can't get exact details on the belt buckle, but the floral print on the shirt is absolutely top notch.
One Cowboy outfit wasn't enough, though. Jerome apparently wanted more, so the next day (according to Instagram photo post dates) he hit the outfitters once more looking for the next, best gitty up. First, he went all blue denim, as you saw in the header photo. It's not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the other option he tried:
Has anyone ever regretted wearing red pants? I think not.
And so that's where we're left, with a grip of photos of Jerome Simpson in Cowboy outfits, and no reason to know why. At least none that I know. If you DO know, please share in the comments. And even if the Minnesota Vikings decide not to re-sign him next year (you could make arguments both ways, I suppose, depending on the price tag), just be happy that we have these glorious images occurring under our watch.