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Valdes-Scantling gives his heart, soul and back to USF

An elaborate tattoo honoring USF now covers the former Bulls receiver's back.
USF receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling set a Bulls single-season receiving yardage record in 2017. (LOREN ELLIOTT | Times)
Published Apr. 26, 2018

Though his career at USF ended only four months ago, rangy WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling already is giving back to his alma mater.

By giving it his back.

Valdes-Scantling, projected as a Saturday selection in this weekend's NFL draft, tweeted a photo shortly after noon Thursday of the elaborate homage to USF he recently had tattooed on his back.

At the top, starting near the base of Valdes-Scantling's neck, is a picture of the St. Petersburg skyline reflecting off water. Below it is an image of Raymond James Stadium, with the school's "U" logo above it. A smaller image of Valdes-Scantling facing the stadium, in full USF uniform, is etched in the center of his lower back.

Valdes-Scantling said the work, which took about seven hours, was done at Allstar Tattoo & Body Piercing in High Springs. The stadium alone took five hours to complete, he said.

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