After being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and playing four nondescript seasons with the team, Chaz Schilens spent the 2012 campaign as a member of the New York Jets, where he put up 28 receptions in 15 games.
Schilens has moved on once again, signing with the Detroit Lions in late July. With a new team comes the opportunity to start anew, a chance to make himself an integral part of the Lions organization. To show his commitment to the team, the 27-year-old decided to have a ginormous tattoo of a tiger inked into his back. Because, you know, potato, potat-oh.
Paula Pasche, Lions beat writer for The Oakland Press, documented Schilens’ new ink via her Twitter account:
Pasche reports that the tattoo took 24 hours and was spread over three sessions. And while the artwork certainly is impressive, a few questions:
1) Was Schilens inspired by a black velvet painting he saw for sale under a tent in a some random gas station parking lot?
2) Uh, why a tiger? Did he have too much “pride” to get a lion tattoo? Get it? Lion? Pride? No good?
Oh well, Hakuna Matata, right?
[H/T For the Win]