nfl_a_westbrooks_600x600So a rookie defensive player for the St. Louis Rams has an interesting story, and no I’m not talking about Michael Sam. It’s the guy who may be the reason that Sam got cut.

In 2011 while playing football at Sacramento City Junior College, new Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was working at a Toys ‘R’ Us. He hated his job, hated his life at the time and quit deciding that he never wanted to work a “normal job” ever again.

What did he do to drive up the motivation to achieve that goal you ask? He decided to go all Mike Tyson and get some ink permanently emblazoned across his face.

Via ESPN:

“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),” Westbrooks said. “I don’t feel it’s a bad thing now. I don’t regret it. It speaks for itself.” Read More…

Westbrooks went on to play at West Texas A&M and then signed with the St. Louis Rams in May as a free agent after not being selected in the 2014 NFL collegiate draft. His time in training camp impressed the coaching staff so much that he made the teams 53 man roster on cut down day ahead of the much more hyped 7th round pick Michael Sam.