Chicago Bulls point guard Coby White has one tattoo on his body, and it’s a very meaningful one.
White’s father, Donald, tragically died of liver cancer on Aug. 15, 2017. Donald was the first person to put a basketball in Coby’s hands. He would take his son as a two-year-old to watch Will White — Coby’s older brother — play AAU basketball as far away as Florida, Nevada and Tennessee.
Coby would try to replicate his brother’s moves back home in Goldsboro, North Carolina, with his dad right by his side. All that training in the driveway worked.
The Bulls drafted Coby White with the seventh overall pick in the 2019 draft out of North Carolina. Coby was a star in college, where he put up 16.1 points, 3.5 boards and 4.1 assists in 35 games before entering his name in the 2019 Draft.
Before he got drafted by the Bulls, White penned an emotional letter for The Players’ Tribune where he talked about the one tattoo that he has.
The “FMF” tattoo on White’s right biceps stands for “For My Father.” Coby also has a custom pendant necklace that bears his father’s face. It hangs from the right side of his bed in his apartment in downtown Chicago.
“Anytime I post on Instagram, I include the letters FMF — For My Father — at the end,” Coby White wrote.
“And this past year I got those letters tatted on me, along with the Roman numerals of the day that my dad passed. I will think about him before and after every single game I play in the league. That’s not even a question.”
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19 in March, White was averaging 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Bulls, who weren’t invited to the “bubble” games down in Orlando, Florida. The youngster was also shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line. White has a tremendously bright future in Chicago.
Even though White’s father is no longer with him, Coby is always going to play hard because he knows his dad is with him in spirit and watching over him from above.