There are fans, and then there are super-fans. And 26-year-old Ricky Davis is definitely a super-fan. As a basketball-loving ’90s kid, Ricky grew up wearing And1 apparel. In fact, Ricky loved their products so much that he recently spent over $100,000 on plastic surgery to look just like the And1 guy.
And needless to say, the results were amazing:
The process was lengthy and strenuous, as Ricky underwent 13 painful surgeries over more than two years to make his dream a reality. It began with doctors dying Ricky’s skin gray and using high-powered lasers to kill every hair follicle on his body. And it wasn’t long before Ricky had a regulation-size basketball surgically implanted into his palm!
That was just the beginning, however, as Ricky signed up for a highly experimental operation in which skin from his buttocks was grafted onto his face to effectively cover his eyes, nose, and mouth. And thanks to a number of organ donors, doctors were able to collect enough muscle to fill out Ricky’s torso, arms, and legs. All told, the surgeries took 26 months and cost Ricky $104,365.
Incredible! Talk about commitment.
Thankfully, Ricky’s fandom did not go unnoticed. Check out this tweet from And1 after they saw a photo of their No. 1 fan:
Amazing. If you’re a ’90s kid, that has to be a dream come true!
While doctors say Ricky has anywhere from eight months to a year of physical therapy before he’ll be able to walk again, we imagine it’ll only be a matter of time before he’s wowing everyone on the basketball court in true And1 fashion! If Ricky still had a mouth, there’s no doubt that he’d say it was all worth it.
Congratulations, Ricky. You truly are the ultimate And1 fan!