Detroit Lions Week 4 Discussion: Lawrence Jackson Talks Titans and Vikings

John Weeast@@johnweeastContributor IIISeptember 29, 2012

Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson (94) celebrates with fans after defeating the San Diego Chargers 38-10 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Lawrence Jackson is the epitome of what Detroit Lions fans want in their football players. He's hard working, doesn't make excuses and he's productive, even in limited minutes. 

He's also someone of whom many might not be aware. He's approachable. He regularly talks to fans on his twitter account. He even has contests for tickets to home games. 

He gets us. 

In his own words from his profile on he says, "As a team we feel the energy of this city. We know what good football means to Detroit. Not only do we take great pride in it because it’s our jobs but we feel the connection and know we need to work hard to hold up our end of the deal."

How can you not love that? 

I caught up with Lawrence via email and he gave his thoughts about last week's games as well as a look ahead to this weekend's matchup with the Minnesota Vikings

There won't be any billboard material or secret strategy information, just some real talk with Lawrence.


John Weeast: How did the constant shift of momentum in the Tennessee game feel emotionally? 

Lawrence Jackson: It was exciting, as a player you want to play games where you can get control and keep it but the back and forth makes guys rise to the occasion.


JW: What can you say about Jason Hanson kicking like he does after all these years and to have to come in and carry the punting duties?

LJ: Jason is a pro's pro. For a player of his tenure to prepare like he does is amazing. It was no surprise he went in there and got the job done. 


JW: What do you feel is the biggest thing you need to get ready for facing the Minnesota Vikings this week?

LJ: Adrian Peterson. He's the engine of that offense. But also Harvin and Ponder. They're a team with a lot of weapons that deserves a lot of respect. Maybe the biggest thing is a hard fought 60 min game.


JW: What is it about rivalry games that makes them much more meaningful for players?

LJ: For me that concept died in college. With division games you're more familiar with guys and you know you're going to see them again and again and again so you always have to bring it. 


JW: What motivational words or advice came to mind following the loss? 

LJ: Continuing to work on playing our game and limit mistakes. Real simple.


I want to thank Lawrence Jackson for participating in this Q&A and now it's time for the community to get involved. 

Leave your own questions in the comments and perhaps he'll answer them here or in another Q&A segment in the future. 

Visit for his personal blog, photo gallery and merchandise. 

You can also view my earlier interview with him here.