We all know that Detroit Lions cornerback has confidence in spades, but he may have just outdone himself this week. It’s one thing to play with the kind of swagger he does and challenge quarterbacks to come at him. It’s another to ask a quarterback to sign the ball of their first interceptions ever thrown.
But that’s exactly what Slay did in this phenomenal NFL Films profile of him that dropped this week:
.@_bigplayslay23 had to grow up fast when he became a teenage dad. But on the football field, he is a kid all over again.#NFLFilmsPresents: Darius Slay@Lions #OnePride pic.twitter.com/tXFzXduIx3— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) October 17, 2018
“His first pick, I wish he could sign my ball, he put his name on that,” Slay told Charissa Thompson.
Not only was the pick Carson Wentz’s first career interception of his young rookie season, it also sealed the win for the Detroit Lions over the then-undefeated Philadelphia Eagles and pushed the Lions to 2-3. Detroit would end up making the playoffs at 9-7, while the Eagles were on the outside looking in at 7-9.
But would Wentz sign the ball that marks the first big blemish of his career?
“Why wouldn’t he?” Slay said bluntly.
That kind of confidence is what makes Slay such a likeable player in Detroit. But here’s the best part: This may actually happen.
Slay’s former teammate Haloti Ngata, who just so happens to play alongside Wentz now in Philadelphia, reached out to Slay via Twitter and told him he’ll get it done:
@_bigplayslay23 hit me up if you need that ball signed. I gotta connect lil bro #baller https://t.co/2RAFbb9LWv— Haloti Ngata (@Haloti_Ngata92) October 18, 2018
If this actually comes together, it will be a new high point for Slay. Getting a quarterback to sign the ball from their first career interception—and a game-losing interception, no less—is just another assertion of Slay’s dominance around the league. Never change, Slay.