Green Bay Packers linebacker Jamari Lattimore (57) celebrates his stop against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers win 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers Jamari Lattimore says what he wants most is respect


Green Bay Packers 25-year-old linebacker Jamari Lattimore is currently in his third season in the NFL, and it’s definitely been the undrafted free agent’s best season to this point. After recording four and seven tackles in his first two seasons respectively, Lattimore has 26 tackles, two sacks, and a pass defended to boot. It’s been a breakout season for Lattimore, and the Middle Tennessee State product is another example of how players often find their footing in their third season in the NFL.

Lattimore participated in an interview with Packers official site editor Vic Ketchman, and it was definitely an excellent one. He detailed his life growing up in Miami, gave his thoughts on the Packers organization and the city of Green Bay, and he also spoke about what it means to come into the NFL as a UDFA.

But out of all those interesting nuggets of insight and info about his life, I found Lattimore’s answer to the question, “What’s your ultimate goal in football?” to be one of the most interesting answers I have ever seen. Most players would say “winning a Super Bowl”, but Lattimore’s answer was extremely down-to-earth, realistic, and, quite honestly, an admirable one.

The rising ILB answered, “My ultimate goal is respect. I don’t care too much about the fame and stuff like that. Just respect. As long as a guy knows this guy can play, that’s all I ask for.”

Respect. What an awesome, heartfelt answer, and that’s exactly kind of the player Lattimore is, and it’s evident that he’s shaped by his background. Click on the link above to the Packers official site, because this interview is definitely worth the read.

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