They trust him, so he gets behind-the-scenes access, in the locker room and in the annals of the facilities, like a part of the team.

They trust him, so they listen to his advice, soak up his insider knowledge of the area.

They trust him, so they in a sense put their image in his hands.

Oakland native Lionel Harris — they call him by his professional name, Brownie Blendz — is a barber to numerous local pro athletes. But he is so much more.