Ten(ish) Questions with ... TE Pettigrew

Each week during the season, we'll chat with a different Detroit Lions player or coach for a look into their lives besides what you see on the field on Sundays in a feature called "Ten(ish) Questions with..." This week's installment is tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- In the five years Pettigrew has been with Detroit, he has started all but three games he has played in after being selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Lions out of Oklahoma State.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz likes Pettigrew's ability to block as a tight end -- he lines up on the line a good amount -- but he is also an able pass-catcher. In his career, he has caught 245 passes for 2,418 yards and 14 touchdowns. He's also fumbled six times, losing three.

We caught up with Pettigrew earlier this week to chat about everything but his time with Detroit.

What’s your favorite football memory?

Brandon Pettigrew: Man, I’ve got a lot. My rookie year, me and Matt (Stafford), we won the Cleveland game in the last minute. That sticks out, more than anything.

Not even just here, but back to high school, college?

BP: Probably college, junior year against Texas Tech. Game-winning touchdown I had.

Do you remember the play still?

BP: It was just a stick route. Just took it like 50 yards, broke a couple of tackles and went like 50. (Eds. note: The play was actually a 54-yard touchdown from Zac Robinson to Pettigrew with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma State won the game, 49-45.)

You think you’d score when you caught it?

BP: No, there was traffic. I had a guy on me. There was another guy in front of me. I had to make some plays to get there. I didn’t think I was going to get a touchdown. I don’t think they called for it to be a touchdown play. I mean, every play is designed like that but I don’t think it was.

What do you like to do away from football?

BP: Be with my family, my wife and my daughter. Yeah.

How long have you been married?

BP: August. A little over a month now. Yeah.

How’s newlywed life? A lot different?

BP: Yeah, the marriage, the official thing is. But we’ve been together for a while. So I’m happy. I’m used to it.

Besides family, do you have any hobbies?

BP: I like to hang out for the most part. Friends. I love to go bowling.

You any good?

BP: I’m decent. I’m decent at bowling. Like shooting basketball. Pretty normal, man. Nothing too much out of the ordinary.

There’s the lacrosse thing. (Eds. note: In an earlier conversation, Pettigrew mentioned he really likes lacrosse)

BP: I like lacrosse. I never actually played lacrosse but I like it.

How’d you get into that?

BP: Me and my college roommate, we just happened to be in a dorm room and didn’t have nothing to do and we were just flipping channels and we just started watching it. It just kind of caught our eye. We were watching Syracuse and Virginia. 2007.

What stood out about it?

BP: Just the physicalness and the technique of it. Just see guys shake around and like the crazy shots, just the angles of the shots having to be made. It looks fun.

They didn’t have that in Texas (where Pettigrew grew up), at least when you were in high school. Would you have played?

BP: Possibly. I probably would have.

Would you have been good?

BP: I don’t know if I would have been good at it but I could have given it a shot, you know.