Chris Long has so many tattoos on his body that adding one more isn’t that big of a deal.
But the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end admits his next tattoo is one he might not let many people see.
If the Eagles beat the Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Long says he’ll fulfill a promise he made prior to the start of the season to get a new tattoo.
A picture of the Lombardi Trophy, perhaps? Not exactly.
Instead, Long will likely become the first and only person in the world to boast a tattoo of Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole.
Flajole, who had been an assistant coach with Long when the two were with the St. Louis Rams, said the tattoo was something Long proposed.
“When Chris came [to Philadelphia], we were just talking, and I think it was probably training camp, and I probably told him something to the extent of, ‘Hey, nothing would be better than to raise the Lombardi Trophy with you.’ And he said, ‘Hey, if we go to the Super Bowl and win, I’ll put a tattoo of your face on my body,'” Flajole said. “I said, ‘OK, Chris, you better be careful now, because you never know how these things turn sometimes.'”
The coach says you’re darn right he’s going to expect Long to honor the deal.
“I’m going to hold him to it,” Flajole said. “Now, if he wants to barter a little bit to get out of it … but I think he’s prepared to do it. I’m sure he’s going to put it in an inconspicuous spot where nobody’s gonna say, ‘Who is that guy?'”
Long says he wasn’t really serious about the bet at the time, but he’ll be happy to honor it because it would mean an Eagles Super Bowl championship.
“I was joking, and he held me to it, and he reminded me this week,” he said. “It will be a good problem to have.”
“Hopefully I’ll have a Ken Flajole tattoo,” Long said.
Long admits if he gets the tattoo, it won’t be prominently displayed.
“Man, I’m just going to hide his ugly mug,” Long said. “I don’t know where it’s going to be. But we’ve got to worry about winning the game first.”
An Eagles victory would mean more than just an extra tattoo for Long. It also would allow him to join a very small group in NFL history.
A win over the Patriots would make Long one of just four NFL players to play in and win Super Bowl titles in consecutive years with two different teams.
The only two players to date who have accomplished the feat are Deion Sanders (with the 49ers and Cowboys) and Ken Norton Jr. (Cowboys and 49ers).
If Philadelphia wins Sunday, not only will Long join the group, but teammate LeGarrette Blount will as well. Both were members of the Patriots team that defeated Atlanta in last year’s Super Bowl.
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