In the summer of 2011, Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett appeared on a series of internet videos as part of his quest to buy a pet alligator. Yes, a pet alligator. And he did; its name is "Nino."
Two years later, he's not too far off from being able to start his own wildlife preserve.
Dockett, who's been known to ride a Segway around training camp and say a variety of inadvisable things on Twitter, announced this week that he had purchased a tiger cub and named it either "Buddy" (according to his tweets) or "Little Buddy" (according to a follow-up interview with FOX Sports 910 AM in Phoenix).
My pet tiger his name is "buddy" I'm gonna bring him to a practice in training camp atleast "one day" he's handsome! pic.twitter.comXiFHvzr7PC DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 23, 2013
Dockett knows what you're thinking, by the way, and no, this is not a joke.
"Yeah, I'm serious. A little baby tiger," he said in his interview with FOX Sports 910. "It's the coolest thing ever."