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Rex Ryan reveals meaning behind mysterious new tattoo

August 2, 2011 |  1:36 pm


Rex Ryan managed to keep quiet for at least 24 hours. Hard to believe, isn't it?

The boisterous head coach of the New York Jets revealed an intricate new tattoo on his lower right leg at training camp Monday and somehow found the inner strength to keep its origin to himself until Tuesday.

Of course, it was all turned into a big guessing game on the team's Facebook page -- we can't expect the guy to shy away from attention completely.

But you've been waiting long enough. The meaning of the tattoo, as revealed by Ryan in a video posted on Facebook: “Believe in yourself, which I've got no problem doing.”

And there you have it.

Ryan got the ink last month in Hawaii. It runs from the top of his ankle to just below his knee and features a bunch of shapes and swirly things.

“You see,” Ryan said, pointing down to his leg during his daily news conference Tuesday, “you've got the mountains, you've got the waves and the shark tooth down there. You've got it all working.”

Ryan added that his players have told him that it's cool. "And I'm like, yeah, it is,” he said.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Rex Ryan discusses his new tattoo -- and probably some football-related matters as well -- during his media news conference Tuesday. Credit: Julio Cortez / Associated Press