24 seconds with Carl Kidd

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Lions' linebacker Carl Kidd says he's been praying to the "football gods" who blessed B.C. with first place and a bye.

24 hours: Talk about the bye and what it did for the team after going 1-6 in the stretch.

#26, Carl Kidd: "The bye helped us out a whole lot. We came together as a team, we needed to do that. We have a better camaraderie than we did two weeks ago. We had to get that swagger back."

24: NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Albert Lewis was your mentor. What did he do for your game?

#26: "He took me under his wing. He saw I was a big kid who could run fast and run strong. He showed me all the different techniques and to this date it still helps."

24: Dallas Cowboys' legendary running back Tony Dorsett was your idol.

#26: "Everybody wanted to be Tony Dorsett or Walter Payton, growing up in my neighborhood."

24: Where would you most like to visit?

#26: "I've been to all the places in North America, but now it's time for me to go outside North America. The place I really want to visit before I die is Africa."

24: Malcolm X is a role model. What does he mean to you?

#26: "He was a great leader back in the civil rights movement. He was one of those men who stood on principles more than anything. He was not going to let you take his manhood and dignity, that's why I respected him."

24: Your favourite things about Vancouver?

#26: "I'm from the south, so one thing I do like about Vancouver is the mountains, you don't see a lot of trash on the ground. It's clean and the air smells nice."


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