QOTW: New Year's resolutions

December, 27, 2013
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- It is almost a new year, both in the world of the NFL and on the actual calendar as 2013 flips to 2014 in less than a week.

And with the Detroit Lions' season coming to a conclusion Sunday at Minnesota, we caught up with some of the Lions about their New Year’s resolutions heading into 2014 -- and in some cases, next season, for the final Question of the Week for the year.

OL Rodney Austin: Lose 15 pounds. I want to come back in the best shape of my entire life and I’m just really trying to get back to that feeling I had my last full season in college. My senior year got cut short. The year before, I was an All-American and going into that year, I was in probably the best shape I’ve ever seen myself in and a lot of people were taking notice of it.

Reporter: What were you then?

Austin: I was 310. Played the whole year right around 310 and ballin’, you know. So, just trying to get back down to that. Cut down a little weight, get my wind up a little more, work on my conditioning a lot. Maybe take a little bit less of a break this offseason and get back into it. I want to come back and leave no doubt I’m ready to be on an NFL field next season.


CB Rashean Mathis: To be a better father. To be a better husband. To be a better man of God than I was. And if I’m a better man of God, everything else, locker room intangibles with the guys, better husband, better dad, all of that will take care of itself if I root myself the way I need to be rooted.


WR Kris Durham: Pray more and give more. Been blessed. I just feel like that's what I need to do with my life. That’s something I really need to do.


DE Devin Taylor: Not now. It’s six days. There’s usually a couple things that I’ll probably think of that I want to do for the next year but right now I haven’t thought of anything specific.


Returner Jeremy Ross: I don’t really have a New Year’s resolution. One day doesn’t define my whole life and who I decide to be or who I am. I just continue to grow through the year or throughout the year. I don’t choose one day throughout the year to make plans or to be like, ‘Hey, I’m going to change this one whole thing,’ because if you haven’t changed it already, a new year is not going to do it for you. So I don’t do the whole New Year’s resolution thing.


WR Corey Fuller: I don’t have one. I don’t think I should wait for New Year’s to come up with a resolution because people who really do that are only doing that because it’s New Year’s and they only stick with it for a couple of weeks.


LB Ashlee Palmer: To be the best father in the world. Best father in the world. Taking care of my kids. That’s a New Year’s resolution, man.


RB Theo Riddick: I don’t really have one, man. Just to be alive for another year, I guess. Can’t take that for granted.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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