Oregon Football Coach Dan Lanning Gets Massive, Elaborate Tattoo Of His Wife That Represents His Entire Life

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Dan Lanning was named the head football coach at the University of Oregon on December 11, 2021. Just over one year later, on Saturday, he got a massive, elaborate tattoo that reflects his journey and the life that he has built.

Lanning, 36, married his wife, Sauphia in 2009. She is the basis for his tattoo, which reaches from just below the armpit to just above the waist on his left side.

They have three sons together: Caden, Kniles and Titan.

Each of their names are tattooed on Sauphia’s neck. A cross necklace represents their Christian faith.

Also on Sauphia’s neck is a yellow ribbon. It is the only color on the entire tattoo, because it is carries the most weight.

A yellow ribbon represents bone cancer. Sauphia was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2016, and has been cancer-free for five years as of May.

The rest of Dan Lanning’s tattoo represents his coaching career.

  1. — 2008-2010: Park Hill South High School in Kansas City, Missouri. (Area code: 816.)
    • Special Teams, Defensive Backs, Wide Receivers
  2. — 2011: University of Pittsburgh
    • Graduate Assistant
  3. — 2012-2013: Arizona State University
    • Graduate Assistant, Recruiting Coordinator
  4. — 2014: Sam Houston State
    • Defensive Backs, Co-Recruiting Coordinator
  5. — 2015: University of Alabama
    • Graduate Assistant
  6. — 2018-2021: University of Georgia (UGA beat Bama 33-18 in the national championship)
    • Outside Linebackers, Defensive Coordinator
  7. — 2022-present: University of Oregon
    • Head Coach
  8. ? — Boomerang

Lanning also spent two years at Memphis as the Inside Linebackers coach and Recruiting Coordinator. It is unclear as to whether his time with the Tigers is reflected in the tattoo. I can’t figure it out.

As for the unknown, it appears to be a boomerang. Lanning and his wife Sauphia met at Outback Steakhouse about 16 years ago. She was a to-go girl, he was a server. Presumably, that is where the boomerang comes into play.

Lanning’s tattoo very profound. His entire life is forever on his left side.

Written by Grayson Weir

Grayson doesn't drink coffee. He wakes up Jacked.

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