Rob Ninkovich a step ahead of the Sox

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- "Getting Beard" is all the rage in Boston these days, as the Red Sox culminated their magical 2013 season with a World Series win catalyzed by tremendous starting pitching, an unstoppable David Ortiz, and beards that rival those seen on "Duck Dynasty."

New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich has a full face of hair himself, though he reminded the media on Thursday that his patented "Ninko-beard" predates the Red Sox run.

"I mean, I've been doing this for a couple years now, guys, so this isn't the Boston Red Sox beard right here, this is the Ninko-beard," he joked.

"I've been doing this for like three years," Ninkovich continued before light-heartedly adding. "We'll see how many of those guys shave them off, because they're not -- I'm sure [Red Sox center fielder Jacoby] Ellsbury's taking his off."

Ninkovich was one of a handful of Patriots to take in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park, and there's a mutual admiration between both the organizations and the players on each team.

"Congrats to those guys, it's a great -- when you're a little kid, you're thinking about playing in the Super Bowl, the World Series, and when you get to that point and you win it, it's got to be pretty special," he said. "I'm still trying to get to my win in the Super Bowl."