USD's Ferguson is Fierce Competitor with Gentle Soul

U-T San Diego -- The tattoos run the length of Joe Ferguson’s left forearm. Then he pulls up his shirt to reveal the black ink that covers all of his bicep and shoulder.

The work is tasteful, understated.

On the upper part of the USD running back’s arm is a Buddha figure, a nod to his mother’s faith, and below it is a lotus flower in honor of Ferguson’s late grandmother. There is scripture, Matthew 6:9, next to the words, “God is my judge,” because his father is Baptist.

Ferguson lifts up his dreadlocks to reveal on his neck a small musical note. He loves music.

“It’s more of a softer note,” Ferguson explained.

Perfect. Talking softly as he sits on a metal bleacher next to USD’s practice field, an easy smile on his face, the 5-feet-10, 210-pound Ferguson seems the most unlikely of football players. He speaks of being empathetic and caring for others, especially his 10-year-old brother, who idolizes him. (Full Story