Tyler Ervin cuts. On the field and off.
The 4th-round selection from San Jose State littered his alma mater's record books, as he's the school's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, kickoff return yards, return touchdowns, and the most touchdowns of 70 yards or more.
You don't accomplish all that if you're not shifty.
But Ervin also cuts hair.
The running back is described as a "skilled barber" in the personal section of his biography page. One of his good friends is a barber, and has cut his hair since childhood. Curiosity in high school got the best of Ervin, so he did something about it.
"One day, I just went to WalMart," Ervin said. "It's crazy because my first pair of clippers were a pair of Wahl clippers that you get - I think they were like 12 bucks. Then after that, I had to find somebody that will let me cut their hair. I didn't want to mess up on myself so I chose my little nephew at the time he was about four-years old. I cut his hair and sure enough it came out pretty good, so I was like, 'you know what, I think I can do this.' I just kept getting better and better and turned in to being a pretty good barber as well."
Ervin has a stable of about 35 clients, and it might grow now that he's headed to Houston.
"Hopefully maybe some of the guys will let me give them some cuts, but you know I'm excited about that too," Ervin said.
In college, he scored touchdowns on the ground, through the air, and on a punt return and kickoff return. With such an accomplished, and diverse, resume on the field, Ervin gives the Texans a lot of flexibility.
"He's a dynamic football player," general manager Rick Smith said. "Those stats are impressive. With his skill set and his versatility, there are a lot of things we can do with the young man."
Ervin played running back, receiver, cornerback, returned kickoffs and punts and was also a special teams defender in his career at San Jose State. "Oh man, it just happened out of nowhere really. Actually, one
of my good friends is my barber. He's been cutting my hair for
about 10 years now, so ever since I was a kid. But once I got to
high school, I really started getting curious. One day, I just went
to Walmart. It's crazy because my first pair of clippers were a pair
of wall clippers that you get - I think they were like 12 bucks. Then
after that, I had to find somebody that will let me cut their hair. I
didn't want to mess up on myself so I chose my little nephew at the
time he was about four-years old. I cut his hair and sure enough it
The Texans took San Jose St. RB Tyler Ervin in the 4th round with the 119th pick.