When Kyle Williams ran on the field for the San Francisco 49ers' home opener against Green Bay, he wasn't just wearing his usual No. 10. He also had the No. 81 tattooed to his left arm.
The new tattoo is in memory of a former teammate of his at Arizona State University, Tyrice Thompson.
Thompson died on Feb. 2 from injuries suffered when he was stabbed a few days before while working as a bouncer at a Scottsdale nightclub.
Thompson's father, Richard Thompson, watched Williams and the 49ers beat the Packers Sunday afternoon.
"I was kind of nervous for him," Richard Thompson said of Williams. "I wanted to see him score a touchdown."
Williams didn't grab a touchdown but he did haul in three catches in his team's win, sporting the new "81" tattoo on his left forearm.
"Just the fact that he thought that much of [Tyrice] to make a tribute of that nature and to be well publicized, it's pretty much mind blowing," Richard Thompson said.
Williams tweeted about the tattoo earlier this month saying it's "for my brother," tagging Tyrice Thompson's Twitter handle in the message.
"He had that impact on [people] not just me but everyone and will truly be missed," Williams said.
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