“Believe in yourself,” the New York Jets coach revealed on the team’s Facebook page Tuesday when describing the meaning of the monster tattoo he got on his leg while vacationing in Hawaii last month.
The tribal-style ink caused quite a stir when players and reporters showed up on Monday for training camp.
“You know what’s funny? I hear the mid-life crisis and all that type of stuff. It’s mid-life, all right,” the 48-year-old Ryan said Tuesday during his daily news conference before turning to media relations director Bruce Speight.
“What did we talk about, Bruce?” Ryan asked.
“It’s mid-life hieroglyphics,” Speight responded.
“Yeah,” Ryan said with a big smile. “That’s why we have Bruce say it because there’s no telling what would come out if I said it.”
“You see,” Ryan said, pointing down to his leg, “you’ve got the mountains, you’ve got the waves and the shark tooth down there. You’ve got it all working.”
Ryan said it had gotten positive reviews from his players, who have told him “that’s cool.”
“And I’m like, yeah, it is,” he said, grinning.
So, how long did it take to put that work of art on your leg, Rex?
“After I got through crying?” he asked with a laugh. “No, a tattoo is nothing. It’s fun, so I did it. But, it was probably about an hour and a half.”