Before the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles square off against the Florida Gators in one of the most anticipated NCAA tournament matchups in history, FGCU guard Brett Comer will be sure to touch a tattoo on the inside of his arm.
The inscription is dedicated to his father, who passed away three years ago after a battle with lung cancer. Comer and his dad were incredibly close, and in his father's obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, Brett is described as his dad's "best friend." The elder Comer taught Brett the game, coached his AAU team and even built a court behind their house.
Comer's tattoo, one of two he got dedicated to his dad, has his father's name (Troy), along with the dates of his birth and death.
Fans may not see that tattoo, but they will surely see the one on Comer's right arm. It's hard to read on television, but the inscription on Comer's arm is a script written by Comer himself. It reads:
Happiness is not something ready made
It comes from your own actions
You may not control all the events that happen to you
But you can decide not to be reduced by them
Love never hate; forgive but never forget
Live the life you've dreamed to the fullest
-- Pursuit of Happiness
Comer realizes the tattoos might seem brash to outsiders, but they have a special meaning for him.
“It's all right, you know? I like it," Comer recently told the Fort Myers News-Press. "It’s something different maybe a lot of people wouldn’t agree with, getting tattoos. That doesn’t really bother me. It’s kind of my own thing."
(H/T to Game On!)