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Packers TE Tom Crabtree

CREATED Dec 14, 2011

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Click here to listen to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek's report and conversation with Tom Crabtree

GREEN BAY - In his 2nd season in the NFL, Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree is known for his rugged blocking and relentless motor.

Off the field, the Ohio native, husband and father of one year old son Bryce, showcases a colorful personality that he wears on his sleeves.

Literally.

Tom's all tatted up with tribal art, crosses and...is that a skull breathing fire on a bat?

"I've always had both arms in mind, an idea that I wanted to do, and there were ideas that I had, and some of it were ideas that artists had," said Crabtree in an exclusive interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek.

When Greg asked if Crabtree's wife was OK with his body art, he said, "Yeah, she's cool with it.  I have her name on my chest.  I think that's probably her favorite one."

Crabtree is also a music nut and, as his tattoos may suggest, he's all about Justin Bieber.

"There's times, there are moments for every kind of music, I think."

Though he keeps an open musical mind, Crabtree's bread and butter is rocking out to the heavy stuff.

But don't expect to see him in a mosh pit.

"Not in season. I've been in them before, a few years back, and in the off-season, but I know it can get pretty ugly in there," said Crabtree.

Concerts, mosh pits, tattoos, smashing around on a football field and a one year old at home...you'd never guess what extends beyond Crabtree's comfort zone.

"I'm kind of a germophobe, a little bit."

Still, Crabtree told Matzek, "I try not to overdo it with the hand sanitizer.  People overusing anti-biotics and hand sanitizer.  You're going to create superbugs that can't be stopped by anything," he kidded.

"I don't want to make it sound like I'm a freak about it, but I like to be clean and avoid germs as much as I can."