From the art website of Baron Batch:
I like to paint people I admire. Brett Keisel is a former teammate and current friend.
The thing that I admire about 99 is that he is tough. Toughness is the most underrated quality a human being can have.
It’s not about natural ability, it is strictly a decision. One of the best compliments I have ever received referenced my toughness.
My first year in the NFL I was a cub, but an old lion took notice and showed me the ropes. My time in the league is over now, and I am more thankful than ever for what I get to do in life.
But this is me, paying respect to someone who is still out there hunting, and has been for quite some time.
I will always say THANK YOU TO AN OLD LION.
View a time-lapse of Mr. Batch’s amazing creation, HERE.
View all of Baron Batch’s incredible work, including a Troy Polamalu portrait, HERE.