It’s there on the right side of D.C. Jefferson’s abdomen, and it’s been there for weeks, long before he got the news over the weekend that he had made the Cardinals’ 53-man roster.
The rookie tight end, a seventh-round draft choice and anything but a sure thing to make the team, got etched into his skin a logo of the Cardinals. And it’s not small. Inside the lines it also has numbers — 7th and 219 — that reference his draft round and his overall draft selection spot.
“I got it (regardless) of making the team or not,” Jefferson said. “It was just a landmark in my life. That’s how I looked at it. You can’t take that away from me.”
Jefferson meant the draft selection, but the same goes for a skin-altering tattoo. Jefferson said he had it done within the first two weeks of coming to the Cardinals in late April. It had gone under the radar until after the final preseason game in the locker room. Larry Fitzgerald saw it, and while Jefferson explained the “landmark” idea to his Pro Bowl teammate, “he started hassling with me,” Jefferson said with a smile. That included Fitzgerald announcing to the arriving media after the game to check out Jefferson’s body art — when, at the time, Jefferson’s roster spot was still in question.
Jefferson is still raw. But given the dearth of tight ends out there available and the need for the Cards to have at least four, he’s safe for now. And his tattoo, to the naked eye, still makes sense.
“Regardless of anything, they drafted me,” Jefferson said. “Can’t ever take it back.”
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