Maxx Crosby, the star defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, recently demonstrated his unwavering dedication and self-motivation by getting a remarkable full-torso tattoo.
The two-time Pro Bowler, who aspires to be one of the greatest players in the history of football, sought to create a permanent reminder of his relentless mentality.
Crosby’s new tattoos feature iconic images of some of the greatest athletes in sports history: Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Kobe Bryant along with the phrase: “BE LEGENDARY.”
In addition, Crosby had an image of his infant daughter tattooed on his right pectoral. He also included personal touches such as his jersey number, 98, and “TX,” representing his home state of Texas.
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Just above his right hip, Crosby got a shot of Jordan in the middle of a free-throw stroke. To the left of that, the football player had an… pic.twitter.com/qZQWq4SVhd
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The meticulous work on the tattoo was carried out by renowned artist Andres Ortega of Onder Ink and reportedly took approximately 11 hours to complete.
Ortega is known for his exceptional tattooing skills and has worked with several other NFL players, including Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys, Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals, Joshua Paschal of the Detroit Lions, Clyde Edwards-Helaire of the Kansas City Chiefs and Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills.
Entering his fifth season with the Raiders, Crosby is coming off his best season to date, setting career-highs in sacks (12.5), combined tackles (89), tackles for losses (22), and quarterback hits (36) in 2022.
While Crosby was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, he was once again overlooked for the All-Pro First and Second teams.
Nevertheless, his impressive statistics speak volumes about his impact on the field. In his four years as a Raider, Crosby has amassed 231 combined tackles, 37.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, and 93 quarterback hits.
He also made some very interesting comments on what the future could potentially hold for the Raiders.
Appearing on Von Miller’s “The Voncast,” he admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Brady ultimately takes the elevator down from the (part) owners box and takes the football out of Jimmy Garoppolo’s hands.
“Obviously we got Jimmy G.. [He] is coming back. He’s going to be healthy. But you know, you never know what’s going to happen. Tom Brady’s a competitor, the greatest of all time. At the absolute worst, if everything doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to and we need him, I would not be surprised if Tom Brady shows up in a Raiders jersey,” he said.
While Brady has declared his retirement “for good” and has retired for the second time this offseason, his previous u-turn in 2020 makes it hard to completely rule out his return to the field.
However, the likelihood of Brady’s comeback faces several hurdles. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that NFL owners may impose a provision requiring Brady to remain fully retired for them to approve his acquisition of a minority stake in the Raiders franchise.
Furthermore, if Brady were to entertain the idea of playing for the Raiders, he would need the approval of NFL owners to take the field once again.
Crosby’s words carry weight as he is a key part of the organization, and his openness to the idea of Brady joining the team adds fuel to the speculation surrounding the legend’s potential return.
Despite Brady stating he is finished with playing football, his involvement with the franchise and his competitive spirit continue to fuel rumors of a possible comeback.