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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.
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Devin Thomas


Devin Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
Photo: Devin Thomas/Twitter
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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Colin Kaepernick


Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
Photo: Colin Kaepernick/Facebook
Like many other NFL players, Colin Kaepernick's body offers plenty of examples of awful ink. To be fair, his body features some impressive work, but it might be a little much. By the looks of it, Kaepernick is part Pacific Islander, part Sons of Anarchy cast member, and part Spartan.

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Aaron Hernandez


Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
Photo: Jeffrey Beall/via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0
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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Sam Shields


Sam Shields is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NFL Players with the Worst Tattoos
Photo: Sam Shields/Instagram
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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