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Texans FB Lawrence Vickers talks about facing his former team

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 3, 2011
Cleveland Browns fullback Lawrence Vickers (47) is tackled by New Orleans Saints safety Usama Young (28) during the first half of an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Houston Texans fullback Lawrence Vickers spoke to members of the Houston media today. The Texans provided the following transcript from the interview session:

(On his feelings about playing his former team) -- “I would say I’m excited. I’m excited about it. It’s a challenge. We’re looking forward to going out there, playing our hard-nose football game, but at the same time, I get to see some of my buddies I missed. I spent the last five years with them, so they’re excited about it. They’ve been texting me, telling me don’t try to do all my little stuff. They know me. They know me. They know me. They know me. They’ve just been telling me, ‘Hey man, don’t try to take my head off. I’m going to knock you out.’ Just little stuff playing with me, but I’m looking forward to it.”

(On what his ‘little stuff’ is) -- “I’m physical. I like to drive people into the ground, talk smack and finish them. Really I don’t like the people I go against until the clock is over with. They know that, but they know I know how to show love and still pound on people. I know how to do that.”

(On if there’s any special kick behind his play since it’s Cleveland) -- “I would say I don’t know if there’s going to be any extra kick, but I’m excited about it.”

(On being ready for a minute) -- “Yeah, I’ve been ready for a minute. Ever since I saw we were playing them, I was like ‘Oh yeah.’ That’s just the nature of it. If you leave a team and however you may have departed from that team, when you get a chance to play them, you want to let them know what they’re missing out on, even if I’m… I’m in a better place. I’m happy being here and I still want them to know. That’s just me. That’s the type of football player I am. They need to know. I need to make a statement about it and I’m going to do that.”

(On if the Browns are missing him) -- “I don’t know. My running backs say they miss me. My running backs say they miss me. I don’t know if anybody else, my teammates say, ‘Man, it’s different without you being here.’ So, I pretty much think the players miss me.”

(On who’s been the most outspoken in the text messages he’s received from former teammates) -- “Mike Adams. We call Mike Adams ‘Pops.’ Pops is like saying he’s an older guy on the team, so we call him Pops as his nickname. He sent me a text yesterday saying, ‘I’m going to smash you when I see you.’ I text him back, I said, ‘Hey man, take it easy on me. Don’t do me like that.’”

(On if he likes talking with his former teammates) -- “I do. I like that. It’s a competitive nature, but at the same time, I have the utmost respect for all the guys over there, all the guys on defense or all the guys on offense. I have the utmost respect for them and that was just letting me know that they’re going to expect me to play how I play and for me to understand that they’re going to play how they play and it’s going to be fun. I’ll probably be smiling all day more than I ever smiled because I’m playing against some of my old teammates and at the same time, it’s going to be physical.”

(On being able to come back home and play for the Texans) -- “The fact that I got to come here, I’m the first person in Houston to be able to come home and play for the hometown team. That’s big in itself. When I signed here, all the guys from Houston called and were like, ‘Man, that’s a chance in a lifetime. You’re supposed to embrace that,’ and I did. I am embracing it. It was a blessing to be here to see my kids go to school every morning, to see them wake up, to see my wife every morning. I didn’t have that when I was in Cleveland. I was out there by myself. My kids were here because they go to school here. Just to see my dad and my mom be able to sit in the stands every week. That’s something that means a lot to me. My dad is my own coach and then I’m getting coached by everybody. Every time they watch everything they see. When I come back after the game, I have like a million text messages. ‘Oh, you just have done this on this block or you should have did that.’ So, I’m getting coached all day. I’m just taking it all in. It’s just letting me know people care about me.”

(On coach Gary Kubiak saying he is growing in the system) -- “I would say the same. It took me a while to get adjusted to it. I would say just how things go. I’ve been in one place for so long, you get accustomed to being in one place, so when you go somewhere else, you got to take that out of your memory and adjust to what’s going on here. So, I just have to adjust and I think I’m doing pretty good adjusting to it.”

(On if he is okay with the front office staff in Cleveland) -- “Absolutely, I have no hard feelings towards them. It wasn’t my decision. That was a decision they made and I knew that when I signed up. Nothing is promised to you. You could play your heart out for a team and they let you go. I’ve seen that happen to plenty of dudes. Other guys always tell me that situation, so that was their decision and that’s the decision that they got to live with, not me. I’m still playing football. I’m happy. That’s all I want to do is play football.”

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