Here's what you may not know about the recent revelation that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson not so subtly told franchise quarterback Cam Newton to refrain from getting any tattoos, piercings or distinguishing haircuts:
Richardson doesn't care if Newton gets a tat or two. He cares what Newton has inked on his visible body parts.
I haven't talked to the man, but I'm thinking Richardson wouldn't have a problem if Newton had a Bible verse tattooed on his shoulder or had "CAM" tatted on his biceps. Richardson would have a problem if his new QB got a stack of $100 bills and "Show Cam The $$$" inked on his forearm, or if there was a man strapped into a guillotine under the message "Death Before Dishonor" inked across Newton's entire back. (I actually saw that tattoo on a basketball player once in Houston.)
I'm also guessing that Richardson would be perfectly fine if Newton had a Carolina Panthers logo tattooed anywhere on his body, preferably in public view. After all, that's harmless free advertising for the organization.
But the funny part about NFL team-logo tattoos is that players never get them. In their business, the likelihood of staying attached to one team their whole career is so low that it's not worth the risk.
That's why NFL team tattoos strictly belong to the fans. Players come and go, but fans stick with their teams for life. The only way their tat could become obsolete is if the team changed logos or left town.
But that doesn't mean every fan's NFL team tattoo was a smart choice or a good piece of work.
Here's an example of one ridiculous fan tattoo for each NFL squad.