NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos  

Brandon Oliver
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List Rules Upvote the worst tattoos ever inked on a football player who took the field in the NFL.

The NFL has always been known as a league where players can display their personalities in a number of different ways. Tattoos have become more prominent across the league (and in sports in general) in its more recent history, though not all football stars have made smart ink choices. Tattoos have stories behind them and it is often a way to get a glimpse inside the mind of the most popular athletes on the field each Sunday. These football players can make the catch, hit their blocks, and get their tackles, but when it comes to athlete tattoos, they've got the worst, and we have the tattoo photos to prove it.

Unlike the NBA, football players have nearly their entire body covered with athletic-style body armor so it isn’t always easy to see the bad tattoos the players have inked on their skin. Of course, there are some amazing works of body art tatted on players across the NFL and some tattoos which hold a truly special meaning to the player who has them. But for the most part, these guys are responsible for some serious sports tattoo fails.

From a big, beefy offensive lineman having “Mama’s Boy” tatted on his massive biceps to Jeremy Shockey’s nod to the great American bald eagle, the league is littered with tattoos that are questionable at best. So without further ado, it’s time to introduce the could-have-been-good, the bad and the ugly tattoos across the NFL.

Here is a list of NFL players with bad tattoos and pictures of the ink which is widely considered to make up the worst tattoos in the National Football League.
Vince Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
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Vince Young will forever be known as an amazing college football player who led the Texas Longhorns to a BCS National Championship. Since then, Young has been known more for his poor choices off the field. Getting his name tattooed across his upper back is just one of those poor choices.

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Chad Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
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The artist formerly known as "Ocho-Cinco" got a tattoo of his estranged wife on his leg after being arrested for domestic assault. A solid effort, but his attempt at proving his love for her with new ink failed and they were soon officially divorced.

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Devin Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
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Devin Thomas is well known for his tattoos, and for good reason. He has some amazing ink and then he has this thing. Yes, his entire back is covered with a massive, colorful Dragonball Z tattoo.
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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
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Aaron Hernandez is obviously no longer in the NFL, but he qualifies for this list based on the overwhelming number of bad ink choices on his body. The worst part of his ink is that it is being used against him as evidence while he awaits trial on murder charges.

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