HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Against his wife’s wishes and 12-to-1 Vegas odds, Texans super fan Chris Brown elected to get inked with a message that could very likely backfire on him on or before Feb. 5, 2012 – the day of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
Brown, a die-hard Houston Texans fan who lives in Midland, Tex., was moved by the words of his new favorite Texans player to have the phrase “Super Bowl XLVI Champions” tattooed around the pre-existing tattoo of the Texans logo on his forearm.
“Danieal Manning – he’s my favorite Texans player,” Chris said of the veteran safety, who joined the Texans during free agency this summer. “He inspired me to get the tattoo. I read where he said,’You can’t go to the Super Bowl if you don’t think Super Bowl’.”
This fan is definitely thinking Super Bowl, but he’ll need the Texans to accomplish that sooner than later. As for the tattoo, he had the shadowing added behind the Roman numerals so he wouldn’t be able to change it, regardless of the season’s outcome. It’s a story, he says, he’ll gladly tell for years to come.
A tattoo of the NBA Championship Trophy worked last season for Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks, so why not?
The Texans (5-3) are 3-0 in the AFC South and are projected to win the division and make the playoffs, both of which would be franchise firsts.
Brown’s love for the Texans began before they played their first game in 2002, but the zealous fan only recently had his first experience of actually attending a game. He cheered on the Texans with other Houston fans as they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-14, at Reliant Stadium. Brown called the experience of watching his favorite team with like fans a “dream come true” and said he was “a kid in a candy store” when he entered the Texans’ home stadium.
Brown’s boss at the oil field service company he works for in Midland offered to buy him two tickets to the Super Bowl if he chose not to get the tattoo. Brown declined the offer. He had the tattoo artist inject the ink right there in his office just two days before the Texans went on a two-game losing streak to the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens.
“I told him, ‘Why would I even want to go to the Super Bowl if my team isn’t playing in it?'” Brown said. “I want them to win the Super Bowl right there in Peyton Manning’s house.”
For his sake, his wife’s sake and to avoid an untold number of awkward discussions, the Texans will need to not only enjoy a playoff berth for the first time in franchise history. Brown needs them to bring Houston, once home to the Oilers, it’s first-ever Super Bowl title.