Too much ink

03/07/2014 9:44 PM

03/07/2014 9:45 PM

I am amazed at the number of college football and basketball players who have festooned themselves with odd haircuts, metal-capped teeth, body piercings and tattoos. What are they thinking when they do this? Is it a plea for recognition? I feel sorry for them.

Only a very few will ever be drafted by the pro teams, where body art will probably have little effect on their careers. Those not drafted will have to find other employment to support themselves and their families.

Piercings can heal, hair can be cut and teeth can be fixed but tattoos are permanent.

Do these young men not realize what an adverse effect body art can have on their employment possibilities? Many professional companies demand that any employee cover all body art. Other prospective employers automatically reject anyone with visible tattoos.

College coaches would do their athletes a real favor by counseling them about body art and its drawbacks in life after college.

— Larry McGuire, Crowley

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