Former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray is a Kansas City native, but he displays his pride in a pretty awkward way.
Shout out to @kattatgirl for killing my back piece. She took the idea I had for my city and finessed lol Everyone knows how I feel about being from Kansas City Mo and that's real pride. As always I represent "The Town" for everyone that is salty because I take pride in the city that made me who I am today, you weren't with me then and I won't bother me if your not there now?? #56nightscrazy #Kc #5️⃣⬆️ #KatTat
Yes, that would be a Kansas City Chiefs logo, accompanied by some other artwork, tattooed prominently on Ray’s back. Nobody can question Ray’s pride in his city, but the tattoo is a bit problematic now that he plays for the arch-rival Denver Broncos.
Ray has caught some flak from Broncos fans for his traitorous tattoo, but said he doesn’t let the criticism bother him.
“There are going to be people that are going to like things you do and don’t like the things you do,” he told the The Associated Press’ Pat Graham. “I have a lot of pride in my city and things I’ve been through and come from. I let the Broncos fans know it has nothing to do with how I’m going to play the Chiefs every game.”
Ray is preparing for his second season with Denver after being drafted in the first round by the Broncos last year and won a Super Bowl during his rookie season. He racked up 13 sacks during his final season at Mizzou and was named the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year.