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Tattooed Colts fan might have some issues

Feb 7, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

What we have here is an absurd example of someone taking the mantra “Gotta support the team” way, way too far.
Matt Ellis, a simple man from Auburn, Indiana, has a bizarre compulsion. After the Colts won Super Bowl XLI in 2007, Ellis began asking members of the championship team for autographs – the odd part of it is he would request they write their signature on his body. He would then go to a tattoo parlor and have the autograph permanently imprinted on his body by having an artist copy over the signature.
That boy…that boy ain’t right.


Ellis hasn’t completed his quest of having every member of the Super Bowl-winning Colts team sign his body, but at this point he has 33 tattooed autographs and only 20 autographs remaining.

It cost Ellis over $1,500 to completely cover his legs, his arms, and parts of his chest. He has tattoos from Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, and Joseph Addai.

“Tony was cool, he was all into it and he thought it was great, Coach Caldwell, he thinks I am crazy but he did it,” said Matt Ellis, Colts superfan.

Nah man, he’s not crazy – he’s certifiably insane. Ellis has taken a psychotic leap into a “store your urine and collect fingernail clippings” levels of lunacy.
Below is a profile of the unhinged fellow done by Fort Wayne television station WANE.

Yeesh. Frightening stuff.
The trading card company Upper Deck has sadly rewarded Ellis’ oddball behavior by naming him the winner of their NFL Ultimate Fan contest, and as the Ultimate Fan(atic), Ellis and his family received a trip to today’s Super Bowl game.

“For me it’s about the journey, and it’s about the moments that I share with each of the players while doing this,” said Ellis.

The moments he shares with the players?
(shudders)
Hoo boy, that’s creepy.
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Colts Fan Matt Ellis has Autographs Tattooed on His Body [Larry Brown Sports]
Superfan covered in Colts ink [WANE.com]