Rex Ryan explains his tattoo; it means ‘believe in yourself’

(Courtesy Matt Higgins / New York Jets)

Turns out that it has a deeper meaning than “I got a little loaded on vacation and stumbled into a tattoo parlor”or “I lost a bet.”

Ryan, who got the tattoo during a vacation in Hawaii because “I just felt like it,” divulged the meaning of the tat today in a six-second video posted on Facebook. To some, it may look like a giant arrow pointing to his foot, a part of the anatomy in which he allegedly has some interest, but the meaning is spiritual.

“My new tat means ‘believe in yourself,’ which I got no problem doing,” Ryan said.

Converse sneaks. Check. New tattoo. Check. Rex is ready for camp. #jets than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Replymhiggins

The mystery is cleared up, but the curiosity remains. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick says that while he is “tattoo-free,” he’s curious about Ryan’s ink. “I’d like to see that one.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters