This season will be my ninth in the NFL and will see me playing for my fifth team, the Detroit Lions. Has it all been perfect? Has it been exactly how I dreamed it would be? No, of course not. It’s definitely been crazy—and a blessing. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been on some very good teams. Most guys would love to make it to the Super Bowl just once; many never make it at all. I’ve made it to three in the last four years-- and won each time.
In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t even imagine being in this position. I want to say less than 1 percent make it to this [NFL] level. I don’t even know what the percentage is for people winning the Super Bowl, but I’m sure it’s a lot less than that. It’s an extreme blessing.
Beating the Patriots last year in the Super Bowl was icing on the cake. It’s a lot more fun when you’re playing against a former team. I was close with the running backs there — Dion Lewis, James White, and Brandon Bolden. Those are the first people I saw after the game. They hugged me, told me good job, and that I deserved it.
Will this season be my fourth Super Bowl in five years? I’m sure the longtime Lions fans are hoping that will be the case. But we are not trying to give anyone locker room material, so I’m not going to make any such prediction. What I can say is that this team is full of hard-working, hard-nosed football players with a lot of talent. We know that we have the coaches and the players to do something special here in Detroit and we work everyday to achieve that goal.