From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.
Every week we’ll take a look at superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement.
This week we caught up with Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) running back Dylan Rupert.
The Superstition: Sharpie wrist tats
The Breakdown: “Before every game I take a sharpie and write the name of my little brother under my right wristband and I write the name of my mom and stepdad under my left wristband. I’m right hand dominant so that’s why my little brother goes on that side because he’s the most important thing in the world to me.”
The Why: “It’s just a reminder to me that I’m out there going hard for a lot of people. It’s not just my teammates; I’m going hard for my family too. It really helps me stay motivated when the game gets tough.”
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