Buffalo Bills fan gets tattoo of deceased owner Ralph Wilson (photo)
As far as tattoos of beloved sports icons go, this one is arguably one of the strangest, but at the same time, the Buffalo Bills fan who recently got a tattoo of recently deceased owner Ralph Wilson Jr., his heart was definitely in the right place as it was a fitting tribute to the man responsible for bringing professional football to the New York town.
Jack Meredith, 32, a season ticket holder from upstate New York, took a trip to a tattoo parlor on Saturday and had the image of Wilson inked onto his right arm. Wilson of course passed away at the age of 95 in March, inspiring many odes, accolades and remembrances, but perhaps none as, well, permanent as the tattooed tribute pulled off by Meredith.
“Some people think I’m crazy,” Meredith defiantly said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t care. It’s my arm.”
Meredith added that he felt compelled to honor Wilson’s memory and legacy in such an interesting manner, given that Wilson established the Bills as the seventh AFL team all the way back in 1959 and remained a guiding force for the franchise until he died.
“We wouldn’t have the team without him,” Meredith told ESPN.com. “And so I felt it would be nice to pay tribute to him.”
The tattoo of Wilson is Meredith’s second Bills-related tattoo. He also has the team logo inked into his left arm.
As far as quality goes, the Wilson tattoo is pretty solid, although not as stunningly realistic as the one a Lakers fan got of Kobe Bryant recently.
Better yet, Meredith opted to not get a tattoo of Scott Norwood. That would have been flat-out silly … unless he got “Wide Right” etched into his skin next to it. But again, what a weird moment in Bills history to memorialize.
(image courtesy of Jack Meredith)