Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/17/14

h/t Doug Padilla

Professional athletes getting tattoos aren’t new. Many have seen the extensive permanent artwork on Josh Hamilton, but his former teammate and current Chicago Cub, Marlon Byrd, decided to have a much more historical tattoo put on his arm.

Byrd had part of President Theodore Roosevelt’s ‘Man in the Arena’ speech placed on his arm. Not just a line or two, but an entire section from the speech, the most widely known:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Well, that is quite the way to motivate yourself. Byrd has dropped nearly 40lbs in preparation to the season. In case you are wondering, Byrd is known for working out with former BALCO owner, Victor Conte.

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