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NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos

Updated June 14, 2019 8.9k votes 1.7k voters 513.1k views20 items

List RulesUpvote 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.
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    Sam Shields

    Sam Shields
    Photo: Gabriel Cervantes / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
    Players in the NFL are all chasing their dreams of riches and winning a Super Bowl title. Sam Shields of the Green Bay Packers, has already achieved both during his career. He was so thrilled with winning a Super Bowl that he decided to get a giant rendering of his Super Bowl ring on his neck. Because apparently wearing the ring just wasn't enough.
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  • Jeremy Shockey
    Photo: Alexa627 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
    Yeah, Jeremy Shockey being on this list is a huge shock(ey). Shockey having a ridiculous bald eagle on his bicep must also be a mind-numbing shock to everyone out there. Or not.
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  • Richie Incognito's tattoos are anything but what his name suggests. The ink spread all over his massive body is loud and obnoxious, which is a great example of tattoos telling a story.
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    Chad Johnson

    Chad Johnson
    Photo: Jeffrey Beall / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
    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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