Tyler man vying for top spot in USA Mullet Championships

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A Tyler man is aiming to be the new champions in the USA Mullet Championships.

According to Maleri McHam of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Fernando Rios, who calls his hairstyle the “Texas Tailgate,” is in the finals.

Not only has he advanced in the competition, but he also made an appearance on Access Hollywood earlier this month where Mario Lopez, whose character on the hit TV series “Saved by the Bell” had a well-known mullet, pickled him as his personal favorite.

Rios began his mullet journey after donating his hair to Locks of Love about two years ago. After his initial donation, he decided he would grow out a mullet and donate his hair once again when the time was right.

For about four years Rios has been working as a nurse in the UT Health Tyler emergency department. Working in the emergency room, he sees a lot of people in pain and It means a lot to him to be able to “help people on one of their worst days.”

Rios said that he is always happy to see when his mullet brings joy to patients and coworkers alike.

Voting for the best mullet in the nation began on Aug. 19 and goes through Aug. 29 at 10:59 p.m. Central Time. There is one vote per day per email address, which can be found at https://mulletchamp.com/