NFL fans were shocked by a look back at Minesota Vikings newboy TJ Hockenson from Draft Day in 2019.
And many were surprised at how the 6ft5 tight end is almost unrecognizable less than four years later.
Hockenson was selected by the Detroit Lions as the eighth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The sports star excelled in college for the Iowa Hawkeyes and won the coveted John Mackey Award in 2018.
He signed a four-year deal with the Lions worth $19.8 million and wasted no time in touting his talent on the big stage.
Hockenson had 131 yards receiving and a touchdown on the debut, the most for a close finish in her first game in NFL history.
During his time in Detroit, Hockenson caught 186 passes for 2,068 yards and fifteen touchdowns.
He was traded to the Vikings on November 1 for a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick.
The Iowa native originally appeared on the NFL scene with a clean look, short hair and no stubble.
So his transformation over the next four seasons has proven to be dramatic, according to a side-by-side image uploaded by NFL to CBS.
The account shared a throwback picture of Hock from his draft day by his side in his final days as a Lion.
Hockenson now sports long blonde curly hair and a beard, leading many fans to comment on his rapid transformation.
One wrote, “4 human years is about 20 in Lions years.”
A second said: “Life comes at you really fast”.
Another added: “He really turned into a Viking.”
While a fourth joked: “That’s what it means to be a lion.”
Hockenson joins a Vikings team that dominates 6-1 in the AFC North.
Kirk Cousins may add the tight end to his long list of targets, which also includes Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and KJ Osborn.
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