Instead of giving a former Nittany Lion a call, we caught up with this week’s “Five Questions” subject on the road.
Jordan Hill, a 2012 All-Big Ten selection and current Detroit Lions defensive tackle, spoke to Big 33 Classic players on Friday afternoon — and later took a few minutes to answer questions about winning a Super Bowl his rookie season and what it was like working with Marshawn Lynch.
Check it out:
Q: What’s it like coming back here and being able to talk with these Big 33 guys? They’re going through something you’ve gone through yourself.
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A: Anytime you can give knowledge to those guys, it’s an awesome opportunity — especially for me being from this area and taking a lot of pride in this game. It was something I grew up going to. This is just something I can check off as something I’ve always wanted to do.
Q: What was the memory or player from one of those Big 33 games that you remember most?
A: (Former Ohio State wideout) Ted Ginn Jr. He took a kickoff return for a touchdown, and it was probably the fastest thing I’ve ever seen.
Q: Winning a Super Bowl out in Seattle, what was that experience like? Is that your crowning achievement as a player so far?
A: Yeah, I mean there’s not a lot of guys who have the chance to win a Super Bowl. A lot have played in it, but to win it is an awesome experience. Especially with me coming back to New York City, that’s where we won it. It was almost like a homecoming.
Q: Playing with Marshawn Lynch for a bit, what’s your favorite Marshawn story?
A: Probably my rookie year. I went to punch the ball out from him, to strip the ball, and I hit his ribs. He got mad, and he didn’t know who did it. He’s just looking around, looking around and looking around. Somebody finally told him, and he waited until I was done with my series. He came over to me and said, “If you ever come up to me like that again and hit me like that, we’re going to have a problem.” The rest of the year, he came up to me every day, and was like, “Are you going to hit me like that again today, or not?” Every day. He was one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.
Q: Outside of Marshawn, who would you say has been your favorite teammate in the NFL?
A: Michael Bennett, hands down. He jokes around a lot and is very opinionated, but he wants the best for everybody.