Houston Roughnecks: DE Ethan Westbrooks journey to UFL

Ethan Westbrooks, a defensive end for the Houston Roughnecks, known for his tenacity on the field, has a backstory that emphasizes perseverance and determination from working at Toys 'R' Us to becoming a player in the UFL.

From Toys “R” Us to the NFL: The Ethan Westbrooks Story

Ethan Westbrooks was working at a Toys 'R' Us in Sacramento in 2011 while playing football and going to school at Sacramento City Junior College. He didn't like the job and decided when he quit that he had no intention of working a normal job again. So, he went searching for a way to push himself to attain that goal. He decided there was no better way to do that than to have a reminder staring him in the face every time he looked in the mirror. So, he got a tattoo below his eye that reads “Laugh now, cry later.” Making it in the NFL would be the only way to prevent him from becoming "a guy that has a tattoo on his face looking for another job." And in 2014, Westbrooks was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams. During his rookie season, he played 6 games making 5 tackles. He continues his career with that Houston Roughnecks.

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