10 manliest Movember beards [SLIDESHOW]

Athletes and awesome facial hair are often synonymous.

With the recently crowned 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox team taking the “Fear the Beard” status to another level, it is time to celebrate masculinity in its purest form.

Movember is not a mandatory tradition to partake in, but it should be. It should be noted that Movember does not have to be confined to just the mustache.

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  • Mike Napoli: It would be a crime to leave out the World champions in this list. Congratulations to Mike Napoli for winning baseball, and for winning the Movember preseason. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Scott Hartnell: This is the minimum-skin-exposure kind of look that Movember is all about. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Kevin Love: There is nothing to not Love about this display of beardedness. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Nick Mangold: This is a man's beard. It's like he just came out from a five-year retreat in the woods. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • The Niedermayer brothers: 2-for-1 special here. Rob (left) and Scott (right) Niedermayer prove that genetics are definitely in play when it comes to Movember. Luckily for brothers Niedermayer, they were blessed with the hairy face gene. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Jayson Werth: The Wolfman oozes masculinity every time he cracks one over the left field wall. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • James Harden: A beard always adds to a dunk face. This is the epitome of that. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Brian Wilson: He doesn't quite have the same stuff he did during the 2010 World Series, but Wilson's beard hasn't missed a beat. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Brent Burns: Grizzly yet feathered. It's a difficult combination to pull off, but Brent Burns is up to the challenge. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Brett Keisel: It's time like this when the NFL should really consider allowing players to go without a helmet. It's a real shame to cover this beard up. (Photo: Getty Images)