Denver Broncos player profiles: Starting strong safety Duke Ihenacho

DENVER - Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho is credited with 73 tackles this season, 56 solo and 17 assists, but did you know he came to the Broncos as an undrafted free agent?

"It's crazy how things work, in such a short amount of time," Ihenacho told 7SPORTS. "I'm grateful."

Ihenancho was on the Broncos' practice squad last year, before getting his chance to play in two games in 2012. In 2013, he was the starting strong safety.

"It feels good. Not satisfied yet, but it feels good," Ihenacho said. "I definitely still have a lot of work to do. I'm not where I want to be."

Off the field, Ihenacho's passion is getting inked.

"I don't know how many tattoos I have," Ihenacho explained at Mister Cartoon tattoo shop. "I just have a lot of tattoos. Now it's to the point where it's all a big collage of tattoos."

His favorite may be the one he got when he was 17. It may be faded, but it's a lion with the continent of Africa around it.

"I'm Nigerian, so I have a lot of pride in my heritage and ethnicity," Ihenacho said. "Every tattoo I have means something or describes part of my life. They all have significance."

Ihenacho is even creating his own original pieces with the help of Mister Cartoon.

"I used to draw a lot when I was little so it's easy for me to think of an idea, draw it out and give it him so he can clean it up," Ihenacho explained. "I take pride in drawing my own tattoos."

Ihenacho wants to sleeve up his left arm and fill in the empty spaces on his chest.

But he has an even bigger tattoo goal -- he wants his head coach to get a tattoo.

"Louisville's basketball coach got a tattoo because they won the championship," Ihenacho said.

If the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Ihenacho would like Coach Fox to get a Lombardi trophy tattoo on his back.

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