After three nomadic years, Burlington Township (N.J.) High Danny Rodriguez finally found a place where he can soar. If there was any question about that, one need only look at the tattoos on the inside of his biceps.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Phil Anastasia, Rodriguez has emerged as a major threat at just the right time to help pilot a long playoff run for the Falcons, his third team in four high school seasons. Perhaps the senior forward's rise, and his breakout performance against Kingsway (N.J.) in a 53-49 state semifinal victory, has something to do with his unique tattoos, wings which stretch the length of his bicep and make it look as if he's about to take off whenever he puts the basketball above his head.
You can see one of Rodriguez's wings in the photo above.
While the proliferation of tattoos on high school athletes is at best a controversial subject, the practice has become more and more common since the days of LeBron James' adhesive-covered tats at St. Vincent-St. Mary's (Ohio) School.
And with more widespread tattoos come more creative individual expression, just like what Rodriguez is showing with his tattoos, which he told the Inquirer he had wanted for as long as he could remember before he finally had them inked Feb. 27, his 18th birthday.
"I always wanted these," Rodriguez told the Inquirer. "Now it's a coincidence because I'm a Falcon.
"They hurt at first, but now I don't feel a thing."