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Josh Gordon gets name and number tattooed on his back

If Browns receiver Josh Gordon ever were to lose his helmet and shoulder pads during a game, we’d all still known who he is.

Gordon has had his jersey number and name tattooed on his back, via

Images of the elaborate, and apparently incomplete, artwork have appeared on Gordon’s Instagram page.  He says that the process doesn’t hurt, and that it’s more like a “soothing massage.”

Gordon, a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, exploded for 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, despite being suspended for the first two games of the season.  With a full season — and consistently strong quarterback play — Gordon could become the best receiver in the league.

He already may be.

He also may be out of luck if he ends up with another team.  The Bills (Jim Kelly), Dolphins (Bob Griese), Jets (Joe Namath), 49ers (John Brodie), and Seahawks (fans) have retired No. 12.  Other teams like the Steelers (Terry Bradshaw) and Cowboys (Roger Staubach) don’t issue it.  Others like the Patriots (Tom Brady) will either retire it or set it aside.

Under his jersey, however, Gordon will always be No. 12.  Unless he has the tattoo removed.  Which also may feel like a soothing massage.

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52 Responses to “Josh Gordon gets name and number tattooed on his back”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Feb 13, 2014 11:03 PM

    The vikings will be getting a dynasty tattooed into their history by the start of next season.SKOL

  2. h3min1230 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:03 PM


  3. themagicman1223 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:12 PM

    Just in case he forgot.

  4. jamezz23 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:13 PM

    Yea the tattoo is cool but the number might have been a mistake

  5. niners816 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:15 PM

    Thats cool and all, but why the hell does he have a fish on there?

  6. soldyou says: Feb 13, 2014 11:20 PM

    I wonder what number he would wear if played for Seattle? My guess is it wouldn’t be #12…lol

  7. r8ders4life says: Feb 13, 2014 11:20 PM

    I also see that Josh Gordon has what I believe to be a Koi (Japan) or Carp (American) fish as part of his decor? I am not a fisherman and I am not an expert by any means.

    I believe that this species of fish is a pack or group fish that needs others to survive and is mostly used as a decoration in backyard ponds. They are also garbage feeders that eat what everything else in the water lets fall to the bottom.

    Interesting choice of fish to have massaged as a message onto your body.

  8. realnflmaster says: Feb 13, 2014 11:20 PM

    Fluke year

  9. joenash72 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:27 PM

    I like the koi carp.

    Also like the cannibis leaf.

    Free the weed 😉

  10. angelogiaquinto18 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:29 PM

    Yikes. Surprised GODell hasn’t outlawed tats too! Maybe he should think about it!

  11. circlethewagonsbills says: Feb 13, 2014 11:35 PM


  12. fishfiletkray says: Feb 13, 2014 11:43 PM

    That’s a pretty cool fish.

  13. oldcracker says: Feb 13, 2014 11:45 PM

    I believe this indicates he plans on being with the Browns for a good long time. Now, put yourself in the owner’s/GM’s seat at contract time. Doesn’t this knowledge hurt Gordon’s agent’s position?

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 13, 2014 11:46 PM

    Can a player just tattoo a full jersey on their torso and not have to wear the actual shirt? Could make you faster.

  15. InFact says: Feb 14, 2014 12:02 AM

    In the Old Folks’ home, he’ll be #12 for his Shuffle Board Team….if anyone can see through their bifocals and his rumpled, disheveled skin (?)

  16. InFact says: Feb 14, 2014 12:04 AM

    Report: NFL again outlaws WRs from having teen digits for uniform numbers, ala the numbering system through the 1990s……so Josh Gordon is switching sports to beach volleyball on the shores of Lake Erie.

  17. coloneldukelacross says: Feb 14, 2014 12:07 AM

    Finally! A tattoo tasteful, classy and understated enough to take home to meet mother.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 14, 2014 12:07 AM

    What if #12 leaves him for someone else in the future? He’s going to feel awfully dumb.

  19. seatownballers says: Feb 14, 2014 12:09 AM

    Nice pot leaf on the fish.

  20. genosacks says: Feb 14, 2014 12:24 AM

    Might be the only thing standing in this young mans way is himself… If he can stay on the straight and narrow ( he already has two strikes I believe) he is a game changer and no doubt one of the best WR’s in the league. He was good all season let’s see how he does in the “down time”. I thought at the time it was iffy (2nd rounder when you suck as bad as Clev. every year is like a low 2nd 1st rd pick really?) when they picked him up in the supplemental draft using the next seasons 2nd rd. pick on him turns out it was (by far) the smartest skill position pick they made in years.

  21. amazingguy101 says: Feb 14, 2014 12:29 AM

    what a waste of money if ever left the brownies

  22. stampnhawk says: Feb 14, 2014 12:37 AM

    First Kaepernick with the Dolphins hat, now Gordon saluting the Seahawks and their fans.

  23. itssocoldinthed says: Feb 14, 2014 12:42 AM

    Dude has a lot farther to go before we can crown him the best receiver in the league. He certainly put up some gaudy numbers this year though.

    As far as that tattoo is concerned, look at how it worked out for Vince young. Bad career move

  24. chinahand11 says: Feb 14, 2014 12:57 AM

    I like it, good for you Josh.

  25. jbcommonsense says: Feb 14, 2014 1:19 AM

    Yeah, props for perspective – NOT!

  26. nicofthenorthstar says: Feb 14, 2014 1:20 AM


  27. evolrider says: Feb 14, 2014 1:47 AM

    You’d think he’d try a little harder to crop out that pot leaf on the left.

  28. 702vikes says: Feb 14, 2014 1:52 AM


  29. kylexitron says: Feb 14, 2014 2:03 AM

    Josh Gordon worlds biggest Seahawks fan.

  30. logicalcomment says: Feb 14, 2014 2:19 AM

    you just know its going to be part of his free agent decision.

    for the same money he goes where he can wear No 12

  31. britishraven says: Feb 14, 2014 2:24 AM

    What an idiot

  32. Ed Bandell says: Feb 14, 2014 2:28 AM

    For some reason my mind is conjuring up images from the movie, “The Fan” when DeNiro gets Weslie Snipes’ character his favorite number back from Juan Primo, who was on his team and wearing that number and had it tattooed on his arm.

    Something tells me that kind of removal would be much, much more horrific and be more like something you’d see in a Rob Zombie movie for Josh Gordon. I am cringing just thinking about it.

  33. staffordsyear says: Feb 14, 2014 2:32 AM

    To rich, nothing else to do..oh well.

  34. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Feb 14, 2014 2:33 AM

    Seahawks franchise is so lame. Their lack of big names historically make me laugh.
    Retired 12 for the fans? Wow

  35. spliff219 says: Feb 14, 2014 3:16 AM

    hope he gets traded to new england.

  36. uglydingo says: Feb 14, 2014 3:17 AM

    Josh’s tattoo artist is a modern day version of Michaelangelo, but in this case the subject not the artist exposes his back rather than lying on his back creating the masterpiece in the Sistene Chapel. And his canvas/fresco is skin, his brush is a needle, his paint is ink.
    Cleveland’s new GM, Ray Farmer should try to sign up the tattoo artist on a long term contract because his WR will need time to get his entire body inked. He may have other teammates who need some artwork too.
    In the same way that Aaron Hernandez’s barber made him look excellent for any occasion, Josh’s tattoo artist deserves a big tip.

  37. jayhawk6 says: Feb 14, 2014 4:47 AM

    “Which also may feel like a soothing massage.”

    Right…just as a reverse vasectomy is like a bubble bath, only with piranhas.

  38. jlopez856 says: Feb 14, 2014 5:27 AM


  39. sewalters79 says: Feb 14, 2014 6:09 AM

    Nice Josh! Just please stay off the Hippie lettuce or Roger please legalize it! Go Brownies!

  40. willnit says: Feb 14, 2014 6:22 AM

    Good grief.

  41. lionsmark09 says: Feb 14, 2014 6:28 AM

    He will never forget his roots as a player.

  42. mattdaga says: Feb 14, 2014 6:56 AM

    Congrats! You have joined the stuck up wide receiver club.

  43. joemammy says: Feb 14, 2014 6:58 AM

    I guess Josh will always be a Cleveland Brown, then. The 31 lesser teams blew that supplemental draft. Thank you, Tom Heckert!

  44. bumblyjack says: Feb 14, 2014 7:01 AM

    He’s not going anywhere.
    That fish isn’t going anywhere either.
    Whatever that is about.

  45. bennyb82 says: Feb 14, 2014 7:24 AM

    It looks more like he didn’t get his number tattooed on his back…

  46. wilco10815 says: Feb 14, 2014 7:25 AM

    Solid investment.

  47. audient says: Feb 14, 2014 7:37 AM

    I admire his level of commitment.

  48. pastabelly says: Feb 14, 2014 8:18 AM

    I guess the Patriots can now give up on thoughts of ever signing him as a free agent. 🙂

  49. fryeways says: Feb 14, 2014 8:20 AM

    And the Packers, and the Colts.

  50. abninf says: Feb 14, 2014 8:58 AM

    Tattoos were cool before they became mainstream. Whenever something becomes mainstream it becomes less cool. Today, if you want to show your “individuality” then don’t get one, because everyone has them and most look stupid. Someday we’ll have 80 year old women running around with tramp stamps.

  51. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Feb 14, 2014 9:57 AM

    He should change his name to Unodos too.

  52. raiderapologist says: Feb 14, 2014 8:53 PM

    You can always play in Oakland. They don’t retire numbers. But you need to finish the ink first.

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