RedBlacks receiver wears his story on his skin

Tattooed receiver D.J. Woods (middle) was working in a kitchen when he got the call from the...

Tattooed receiver D.J. Woods (middle) was working in a kitchen when he got the call from the RedBlacks. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

Tim Baines, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

D.J. Woods wears his heart on his arms, his chest and his neck.

His life story is in tattoos, a colourful collage that speaks of where he's been, where he's at and where he's going. It speaks of his love for his family -- his wife Jessia and his three young children, Tre (three), Cristiano (two) and Veda (one).

And it speaks to the demons he's scuffled with along his path, a journey which has landed him in the middle of the Ottawa RedBlacks training camp.

"Everything on my body has a meaning, a purpose," says Woods, a receiver who was with the B.C. Lions in 2012 and before that was with the NFL's Tennessee Titans after finishing up at the University of Cincinnati. "I don't waste time taking something off a wall and putting it on my body. I use my body as a canvas.


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