In case you weren’t aware, Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is a big fan of tattoos.
And after a trip to the tattoo parlor yesterday, he had three new permanent designs, which he shared with his followers on Twitter (@HankTime85) earlier today (pictured above). He also revealed that he got it done from a dude in Denver, that he got them all done in one sitting.
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Shaun Draughn hasn’t had that many opportunities in the first two preseason games, getting only 10 rushes for 16 yards.
But with his initials permanently stamped on the back of his legs, he’s still found a way to stand out.
I first noticed Draughn’s tattoos over a month ago when he first appeared in camp as an undrafted free agent. It took so long for the scoop because one does not simply ask a man to take a picture of his legs.
“It’s cool, man,” he said with a laugh. ”It’s just ‘S.D.,’ like my initials.”
Draughn explained how, in 2008, he needed something to commemorate his starting role in the Tar Heels offense. Read more »
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The conventional wisdom on Nick Sundberg‘s training camp and preseason is so widely-accepted that even his mom agrees with it. “In the games he’s done really well. He struggled a little bit in camp,” she said.
(I stopped to talk to Stacie Sundberg outside of New Meadowlands Stadium on Friday, largely because I was startled by the unlikely-seeming sight of a woman wearing the first-year long snapper’s Redskins #57 jersey. But this wasn’t unusual for her: Stacie Sundberg has attended every one of Nick’s games, from high school through college and into his brief pro career.)
Being Nick’s mom, though, Stacie Sundberg was able to go a little beyond that conventional wisdom and explain how the ups and downs had all felt to Nick. “He did well up until camp and then I think the reality of it all kinda got to him a little bit,” she said. “But he got himself back together, and his words to me were ‘The games are much easier than practice.’”
Indeed, Sundberg has definitely rebounded from his shaky moments, but he remains in a competition with veteran James Dearth for the position. If schooling and training have any influence on the results (they don’t, really, but work with me), Sundberg will be hard to beat.
His high school coach was Ben Bernard, also of Arizona Elite Longsnapping, and Bernard started working with Sundberg in high school. “Nick never missed a day of practice for regular football,” Stacie Sundberg said, “and then he had to go, work out, run, and snap a minimum of 200 balls a day, and he’s been doing that for nine years.”
While Nick was getting his education, Stacie had to follow along. “Basically,” she said, “I had to learn what a good snap was.” Now she calls Coach Bernard with play-by-plays from Nick’s games that he can’t get to, and watches every one of Nick’s snaps on DVR, taking still pictures of every part of his motion.
And she’s not unhappy that her son isn’t the star quarterback or running back or whatever. “From a mother’s point of view it’s a perfect position,” she said. “They’re only in the game — if it’s a high scoring game — maybe twelve to fifteen times. It’s great to come out and see him play and know that he gets to participate at this level and can have longevity at a position that’s not gonna beat him up too quickly.”
The strangest coincidence about this whole meeting was that Sundberg had actually just mentioned his mother to me a day or so before, when I was asking about his unexpectedly colorful full-back tattoo. Read more »
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Photos of (often-shirtless) Devin Thomas and his tattoos were nearly unavoidable this offseason, from his bizarre photo shoot to his Twitter background to his other marginally-less-bizarre photo shoot. So when I was working on a (still upcoming) post that deals with tattoos, Thomas was an obvious guy to talk to.
His tattoo of the Predator has already generated a fair bit of press, but he’s added a couple of new pieces this offseason to complement it. He’s got a Spartan from the graphic novel that inspired the movie 300 on his chest, a nod to his Michigan State roots, which is understandable and actually pretty cool.
But the real pièce de résistance stretches down the right side of his ribcage, opposite the Predator. “That’s Conan,” Thomas says, before launching into the Crush your enemies! bit of dialogue from the movie. (A movie, it should be noted, that is four years older than Thomas himself.)
It’s very clearly Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie Conan, not — unlike the Spartan — the comic book version. “Yeah,” Thomas says. “And I got the Predator” — another Schwarzenegger movie — “on the other side. I got my favorite movies: Conan, Predator, and 300.”
So essentially, the Redskins’ third-year wide receiver has the governor of the state of California tattooed on his ribcage.
“I mean, basically, yeah,” Thomas says, laughing, when I point this out to him. “But it’s him in his portrayal from the movie. It’s not, you know, a political endorsement.”
Yes, there’s a picture of the tattoo after the jump.
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