Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch was just a freshman at N.C. State in 2004 when Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers was the star senior.
To this day, Tulloch still remembers how much of a trash-talker Rivers was on the practice field.
“When me and Phil played together it was always a battle in practice on seven-on-seven or in team period,” Tulloch said. “Every day he was always talking smack to the defense and we were always talking smack to him.”
Tulloch expects more of the same Saturday at Ford Field when the Chargers come to town in a crucial game for the Lions’ playoff hopes.
“Me and Phil have shared a couple words about the game,” Tulloch said. “We’re friends off the field but obviously competitors on the field.”
I’m guessing Tulloch won’t feel the least bad about putting his helmet right into the chest of Rivers on Saturday.
“He’s just a super smart football player and I think obviously at that position, you’re kind of the quarterback of that defense and he gets them lined up and he has a knack for the game,” Rivers said of Tulloch in a conference call with the local media this week. “It’s just very evident and he obviously plays (with) a lot of energy. He was a guy you’d want on your team, that’s for sure.”
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