If the Detroit Lions win the Super Bowl next year, this guy is going to be a statewide hero. But more likely than not, he's just going to be the overly optimistic fan with a really embarrassing tattoo.
On Friday, Michigan resident David Morian got inked with a tattoo of the Vince Lombardi trophy, celebrating a Lions Super Bowl win in 2015.
The Lions, of course, have never won a Super Bowl. Though they did win four NFL championships prior to the creation of the Super Bowl, it's been a long, long time since 1957.
Photo via Elite Ink's Facebook page.
Morian got the tattoo at Elite Ink in Centerline, Mich. with the help of the hosts of the "Dave and Chuck the Freak" show on Detroit radio station 101 WRIF.
Photo via Dave and Chuck "the Freak" Facebook page.
Of course, Lions fans tend to remain optimistic no matter what, despite their team's record and the constant disappointments of rooting for them. And there's at least some small reason to hope that this scheme might actually turn things around for the Lions: last year, a Seattle Seahawks fan got a tattoo celebrating a Super Bowl win in 2014 -- and he was right.
"I saw that out in Seattle and I thought it was pretty neat," Morian told MLive. "I love the Lions; I always have. So I figured why not see if it will turn things around."
Morian isn't the first to put his body through pain and suffering to support the team. In 2010, a 63-year-old man walked 425 miles from northern Michigan to the Lions' training camp in Florida, according to Yahoo Sports. Joe Paquette Jr. was trying to motivate the Lions by demonstrating the Finnish concept of "Sisu," or perseverance, he said. Paquette, who got to see the team train, may actually have something on Morian, who got his tattoo without ever having attended a Lions game, according to WDIV-TV. Maybe by next year, Morian will have gotten to see the Lions play in person. Maybe even at the Super Bowl... but don't hold your breath.