What do men in China and American college football players have in common? A fondness for flaunting their midriffs, of course. For decades, the male crop top in America has been the sole province of college football. But no midriff has garnered more recognition than that of Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot, whose sculpted abs have even spurred the attention of President Obama. (When the Buckeyes visited the White House in 2015, Obama thanked Elliott for tucking in his shirt for once.) But where, exactly, did this trend start and why is it still a thing in college football today?
MEL staffer John McDermott investigates here.
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