Justin Rohrwasser, New England Patriots kicker plants to cover up his tattoos. The New England Patriots selected former Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser with the 159th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Shortly after the pick was announced, the kicker was asked about a tattoo on his left arm. Which looks like a symbol used by “The Three Percenters,” a right-wing militia group.
“I got that tattoo when I was a teenager. And I have a lot of family in the military. I thought it stood for a military-support symbol at the time,” Rohrwasser said during an introductory conference call with reporters. “Obviously, it’s evolved into something that I do not want to represent. When I look back on it, I should have done way more research before I put any mark or symbol like that on my body, and it’s not something I ever want to represent. It will be covered.”
What We Know About Patriots Kicker Justin Rohrwasser
On its website, the Three Percenters group says it isn’t an anti-government militia. However,”we will defend ourselves when necessary.”
Rohrwasser, who is from Clifton Park, New York, described himself to reporters as “a hard worker and somebody who is going to chase after the best version of themselves and a good teammate.”
He was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2019. This after converting 18 of 21 field goals with a long of 53 yards, while going 35-of-36 extra points.
Before he played at Marshall, he attended the University of Rhode Island in 2015 and 2016. Rohrwasser told reporters that Patriots special-teams coach Cameron Achord attended his pro day in early March. The two stayed in contact leading up to the draft. He also said the Patriots gave him a psychological test.
“That stood out to me, because I think that kicking, a lot of it is mental,” he said. “The fact they were looking into that, and what my mental makeup was … I think they put a lot of attention to who the player is as a person to figure out what kind of guy they’re getting.”