Chris Long hopes that by this time next week, the face of 63-year-old Ken Flajole will grace his body.
“When Chris came [to Philadelphia], we were just talking, and I think it was probably training camp,” Flajole, Long’s defensive coordinator during their stints with the St. Louis Rams, said this week, “I probably told him something to the extent of, ‘Hey, nothing would be better than to raise the Lombardi Trophy with you.’ And he said, ‘Hey, if we go to the Super Bowl and win, I’ll put a tattoo of your face on my body.’ I said, ‘Okay, Chris, you better be careful now, because you never know how these things turn sometimes.'”
Here’s the face Long’ll have to get used to should the Eagles best the New England Patriots on Sunday.
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The coach appears ready to hold the 32-year-old veteran to his word.
“I’m going to hold him to it. Now, if he wants to barter a little bit to get out of it … but I think he’s prepared to do it,” Flajole said. “I’m sure he’s going to put it in an inconspicuous spot where nobody’s gonna say, ‘Who is that guy?’
“I said, ‘Chris, remember one thing: You’re going to be my age one day, and your kids are going to say, “Dad, who is that guy on your arm?” or wherever you put it.’ But he’s a man of his word, so we’ll have fun with it.”
Long is prepared to go through with the bet, but his coach’s face sure as hell won’t be on his arm.
“I was joking, and he held me to it, and he reminded me this week,” Long said. “It will be a good problem to have. … Man, I’m just going to hide his ugly mug. I don’t know where it’s going to be. But we’ve got to worry about winning the game first.”