Unemployable on purpose???
Ethan Westbrooks Reveals Face Tattoo Was Decision To Drive Him To NFL
One rookie Rams footballer was so fed up with his minimum wage job, that he ran and got a face tattoo to make sure he’d never be “stuck” earning a check “the normal way” again.
So…was simply aiming to be an excellent ball player and solidifying his spot just not an option? Via BusinessInsider:
St. Louis Rams rookie defense lineman Ethan Westbrooks made the final 53-man roster on Saturday, beating out Michael Sam for one of the team’s final spots.
Westbrooks has a remarkable story of his own. In 2011 he was working at a Toys “R” Us and playing for Sacramento City College. Three years later, he’s in the NFL. According to Westbrooks, an unlikely motivational tool — a face tattoo — is part of the reason for his success.
Westbrooks told ESPN’s Nick Wagoner that he got a tattoo below his eye in 2011 because he never wanted to get a normal job again. Making it in the NFL would be the only way to prevent him from becoming “a guy that has a tattoo on his face looking for another job.”
The story goes that Westbrooks was working at a Toys ‘R’ Us in Sacramento while playing football and going to school at Sacramento City Junior College. He didn’t like the job and decided when he quit that he had no intention of working a normal job again. So he went searching for a way to push himself to attain that goal. Somehow, he decided there was no better way to do that than to have a reminder staring him in the face every time he looked in the mirror.
‘I was just like I might as well go ahead and get it on the face because if nothing else, it will help motivate me to either be a guy that has a tattoo on his face looking for another job or hopefully I make it in the NFL and don’t have to work too hard to do something (else),’ Westbrooks said. ‘I don’t feel it’s a bad thing now. I don’t regret it. It speaks for itself.’
Westbrooks’ incredible performance in training camp and the preseason is widely regarded as the reason Sam was cut. The Rams had a crowded group of players along the defensive line to begin with, and Westbrooks’ emergence pushed out Sam.
The tattoo reads, “Laugh now, cry later:”
Oh…and such an original tattoo choice at that. SMH.
Well whatever works for him. We certainly wish him much luck (and FAR better decision-making skills) in the league!