The 2022 Detroit Lions failed to make the playoffs, but they still have plenty to celebrate.
Not only did they turn their season around and show great improvement, but they also spoiled the Green Bay Packers’ season by knocking them out of the playoffs.
To make things even sweeter, they did it in prime time and in Lambeau Field, of all places.
Moreover, that Week 18 game meant more for Jamaal Williams.
The star running back rushed for a couple of scores, breaking Barry Sanders‘ franchise record.
Following the win, Williams dedicated his effort to his late great-grandfather, who died recently:
“I’m just grateful to do this for him,” an emotional Williams told NBC’s Melissa Stark. “I’m just grateful for him to be in my life, and I’m grateful to be able to play football and do this for him. Lot of memories, lots of emotions happening right now, but I’m just grateful to be able to play this game for my great-grandfather, and I’m glad that he’s looking down on me, and I know I’m making him proud.”
Then, Williams’ interview took a somewhat drastic turn, with him letting everybody know that it’s time to stop overlooking the Lions:
“Stop playing us, man. We (are) the Detroit Lions. We (are) the Detroit Lions. Stop playing with us,” the RB added. “I don’t even watch TV, but I heard everybody already picked the Packers over us. Stop playing with us. That’s all I got to say, man. Don’t let these tears fool you. It’s all dog around this mug.”
Williams’ roller-coaster of an interview went viral right away, and it’ll give him another memory from this epic performance against the Lions’ lifelong divisional rivals.
The future is bright in Motor City.