If you followed along with the zany-brainy recruitment of highly-rated Alabama freshman linebacker Reuben Foster, then you probably had a laugh or seven at the Auburn tattoo Foster had inked onto his forearm when he originally committed to the Tide’s in-state rivals.
He had made his commitment — and inked his tattoo — prior to the 2012 season, which saw Auburn go 3-9 and fire coach Gene Chizik.
Without Chizik, Auburn no longer had the commitment of Foster, who, on National Signing Day, put pen to paper for Alabama, despite the War Eagle ink.
He had said that he would keep it, despite the criticism, and he did. In fact, he added to it, making his entire right arm into a massive tribute to his cousin, Ladarious Phillips.
Phillips played fullback at Auburn but was tragically shot and killed a month after Foster had the original tattoo done.
“I can remember like yesterday we lived by each other before we even thought about playing football,” Foster recently told ESPN’s Alex Scarborough. “We’re family. I’d borrow his Auburn shorts — I’m wearing them now.”
Here’s a shot of just the forearm tat:
Here’s a closer look at what Reuben Foster’s Auburn tattoo has become: a tribute to a fallen family member. twitter.com/AlexS_ESPN/sta…
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) May 1, 2013
h/t: Larry Brown Sports