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  1. Defensive players kind of have that two-faced kind of way of being able to be very aggressive on the football field and going out there and getting there job done. At the same time, from my own incidents and my own personality, I’m much a person that’s very likable and lovable.
  2. I’m a storyline. I’m the chosen one for negative stories and controversial things. If I worried about it all, I would go insane.
  3. Mondays I sleep. I go in at ten, do my lift, watch the game from the day before. Tuesday is off, but I go in, lift, watch film. Then I have French toast with my sister.
  4. If you find my aggressive and dominating play dirty, then that’s your opinion. But I would assume most people want someone who is going to do anything and everything within the lines to win for their team, because I know I would.
  5. Growing up, I always thought of Detroit as a basketball town because of the Pistons, but everyone says it’s really, at its core, a football town.
  6. Just understanding that if you’re not growing up, you’re just moving backwards, and I’m a person that I always want to grow and learn and not be the smartest person in the room, because when you’re not the smartest person in the room, you’re always learning things.
  7. You learn from your mistakes, or you go backward. I’m the kind of person who wants to move forward.
  8. The players who said I am the dirtiest player in the league, it’s ultimately their opinion, but I would love to hear from many of them on their true opinion on that.
  9. You continue to build and work on new things, and continue to beat offensive linemen, week in and week out.
  10. I definitely see myself as a leader. One of the ways I’ve been lucky enough to lead and likely to continue to lead is just my actions and the way that I approach the game and working hard and being a player that steps up in big-time situations when plays need to be made.
  11. I’ve always loved fast vehicles and looking at interesting cars.
  12. A lot of players have told me they see me as a protector of my teammates, that, side by side, I’m there when something goes down, and I step up beside them and for them when things get nasty. I play the game hard, and I play it physical.
  13. My job is to defeat the guy in front of me, do it until he quits, and then wait for them to send in the next guy.
  14. Outside of my parents, it’s my older sister, Ngum. She lives with me in Detroit and helps me with my day-to-day stuff. She’s somebody I’ve always looked up to. When she was leaving high school and going to college, I wanted to follow in her footsteps.
  15. Coach Bo Pelini and coach Carl Pelini are two coaches I talk to on a regular basis, especially coach Bo. They are coaches I feel elevated my game.
  16. I remember watching Barry Sanders highlights as a kid, and the Lions always being a fun team. I, personally, really never had a real negative connotation with the team. And I didn’t really listen to those who did after I was drafted.
  17. I understand there’s damage control to do on my image, but people are always gonna have their opinion of me no matter what. I understand 100 people may like me and 1,000 people may hate me. That’s fine.
  18. A dirty player is somebody who ultimately is trying to hurt somebody. There’s a huge difference. There’s no gray in that. Like, you have no conscience, no nothing, no guilt. I don’t have that mean streak in me. I don’t play angry. It’s not anger.
  19. I was a defensive lineman coming out of high school who was considered amongst the top… maybe the top six guys, top five guys, and wanted to prove to my team that I was going to be a top guy going into college.
  20. Coach Cunningham’s my guy. Without me saying a word, he can read my body language and facial expressions and tell me exactly what I’m thinking and feeling. We’re actually very similar people.

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