Rams' Ethan Westbrooks Got a Face Tattoo to Motivate Him to Make It to NFL

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

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Ethan Westbrooks made the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster in 2014, and he may have a tattoo on his face to thank.

Westbrooks worked at a Toys "R" Us in Sacramento while playing football for Sacramento City Junior College. Unhappy with the idea of working a "normal" job for the rest of his life, he decided to quit.

Then he made a life-altering decision: to get his face inked.

Here's what Westbrooks had to say about it, per ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner:

I was just like I might as well go ahead and get it on the face because if nothing else, it will help motivate me to either be a guy that has a tattoo on his face looking for another job or hopefully I make it in the NFL and don’t have to work too hard to do something (else). I don’t feel it’s a bad thing now. I don’t regret it. It speaks for itself.

It's an interesting motivational tactic, but it looks like it has worked.

Westbrooks went undrafted out of West Texas A&M, but the 23-year-old had a very impressive preseason with the Rams. His strong showing earned him a spot on the team's roster.

Some people may learn to regret facial tattoos, but so far, it seems to be working in Westbrooks' favor. Let's hope he never has to work a "normal" job again.

[h/t The Associated Press, via Business Insider]