On Wednesday night, the Detroit Lions practiced at Wayne State, which is where Joique Bell played in college. Here's a look at what Bell had to say about returning to his alma mater (quotes provided by the Lions):
On the atmosphere of coming back to Wayne State University: "It definitely started here. I'm definitely home. It's great to be back and for me to play college ball here, to be from Michigan, to play for Wayne State and now I'm playing the Detroit Lions, to bring the Detroit Lions back to Wayne State is a great feeling. Some many memories here and this is a day I'll never forget. "
On if he's going to put on a show for the fans: "I'm going to put on a show. I'm going to come out and do what I do in practice. I'm going to bust my butt. I'm going to get down."
On the last time he was on Tom Adams Field: "The last time I was on this field was last year during the season. I came back for one of the games and we ended up pulling that game out. That's probably the last time I was here."
On what message he can give to young players: "I started playing football at the age of eight. It started with where I'm from. We call it ‘Rocket Football' on my side of the state. I started off playing there and that's where I base my fundamentals. At the end of the day, the best thing I can tell the kids is, everything they learn there they can apply to life, not just football."
On his best memory at Wayne State: "It had to be my senior year, Homecoming game. We ended up down 33-20 coming out of halftime. We came back at the end of the game and actually scored the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left on the clock. We ended up pulling it out."
On playing quarterback in college: "Yeah, definitely. We ran a wildcat offense. I played a little bit of quarterback. I threw a couple of touchdowns. I tried to throw a couple of hints at Coach Caldwell to go with me, but we'll see what happens."
On if the rain before practice is fitting because of the adversity he's faced in his career: "I'm from Michigan, I'm used to this weather. We're used to this."
On his journey bouncing around the NFL: "When you get to the NFL and me coming out undrafted from a small school, a lot of people counted me out. But one thing you can never do in this league is lose confidence in yourself. That's one thing I never lost and it worked out for me. God had a plan for me and now I'm back home."
On if he stays connected to Wayne State: "I still keep in contact with the head coach there and I still keep in contact with the AD, the assistant AD, Jason Clark. I come back as much as possible whenever I get free time and I might even contact the training room here and sit back and shoot bull with the training staff. We really enjoy ourselves. I come back as much as possible."