Free Press writers Dave Birkett, Carlos Monarrez discuss surprises, disappointments in first half of Lions season, preview Bears game Nov. 8, 2018.
Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press

Get to know Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount in five questions:

Q. What’s the most scared you’ve ever been in your life?

A.  “Probably as a kid in like middle school, probably getting suspended from school for doing some dumb stuff or doing some bad stuff and having to go home and answer to my dad. He was about my size, and I wasn’t my size back when I was in middle school, so you can just imagine. Back then it wasn’t a crime to whoop your kid with a belt.

“I haven’t been scared too many times. But that’s one of the things that always was just like, ‘Dang, I got to look forward to that when he gets home.’ “

Q. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given a teammate?

A. “Last year I got Dre Beats headphones for the whole squad in Philly. The whole team. They loved that. It was dope. It was real dope.”

Q. Do you believe aliens exist?

A. “I don’t think aliens exist. Well, that depends on what you mean by aliens.”

Do you believe there’s life on other planets?

A. “I don’t think we’re the only people in the (universe). I don’t think we’re the only species. There’s humans and animals, but there’s other things besides human and animals out there. I don’t think we’re the only ones. People discover new things all the time.”

Q. If you could truck any defender in the history of football, who would it be and why?

A. “And I’m going to automatically win no matter what, or am I just running up to him and seeing if I can get in the end zone?”

You truck him and score a touchdown.

A. “Oooh. I’m going to probably say … I’m going to have to say Ray Lewis. He’s the baddest defender, in my opinion. I know a lot of people probably don’t agree with this, but I think he’s the best linebacker to ever play the game, I really do. Let’s say that: He’s the best linebacker to play in the modern era. I’m not saying anything about the Dick Butkuses and things like that, but I think he can hold his own with any linebacker in the history of the league.”

Q. Who gave the best motivational speech you’ve heard before a game?

A. “I’ve had a lot, I’ll just say that. I’ve had Kobe Bryant come talk to a team I was on, last year when I was in Philly. I had Brett Favre come talk to us last year. We had Joe Namath, Broadway Joe. In New England, he came to talk to us. His was brief. His talk was brief, but Kobe gave us a pretty detailed (one). He’s like there’s always a conversation who’s the greatest between me and Jordan. I ain’t going to elaborate and go into details of what the conversation was, but he said my mentality, that Mamba mentality, what people get, it’s always my motivation that whoever I go out there and play against, no matter who it is. I’m going to, automatically in my brain I’m thinking, I’m (about to) kill him. I got to. That’s the only way I’m going to be successful. Either I’m going to kill him or he’s going to kill me, and I’m not going to be the one getting killed. So that was — it was dope to actually get to talk to him..

“It was right before the (Chargers) game and we busted their ass. I had a nice game, (136) yards.”

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