UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Lawrence Vickers fired up again … about his old team coming to Big D

Dallas Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers ready for Cleveland Browns - The Boys Are Back blog

Dallas Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers doesn’t care about his sore knee or that he played 27 plays last week or that he had four touches last week. All he cares about is beating Cleveland.

"Cleveland was home. I was there five years," Vickers said. "I gave that organization a lot. I learned a lot. I got a lot from them. I appreciate them for even drafting me. It’s personal in the sense that it’s like playing your family. Whenever you play against family, you want them bragging rights. So yeah, it’s personal."

Vickers was a sixth-round draft pick of the Browns in 2006. On Thursday, Vickers named the two head coaches, the four offensive coordinators and the seven starting quarterbacks he played for and with in Cleveland before leaving for the Texans as a free agent during the 2011 off-season.

"If you give something five years of your life, and you put all you put into it, it’s going to be personal to you," Vickers said. "Point blank, period. It is what it is. It’s not that, ‘Oh, I’m mad.’ I’m not mad, upset, at all. Cleveland gave me a chance. They were the team that picked me in the draft, so I’ll forever love Cleveland. They gave me the chance to do what I wanted to do, and that’s play football. So it’s no hate thing. It’s I’m going to celebrate."

Vickers’ sore left knee kept him out of practice Wednesday, and he was limited Thursday. But Vickers says he won’t miss Sunday’s game for anything.

"It would take for me to die [to not play]," Vickers said. "Lord bless me, I hope I don’t do that. I ain’t missing this for nothing in the world. It’s personal. Believe that one."

HUMOROUS FLASHBACK: Lawrence Vickers leaves practice with fire ants in his pants

May 23, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers (47) stretches during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys headquarters.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

I must start off this post by saying that we’re not making this up. 

Dallas Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers was forced to leave Wednesday’s OTA practice once he felt the burning sensation of fire ants in his pants.

“Fire ants got in my pants,” Vickers said. “I was freaking out. Oh, ants!”

Fire ants are reportedly a nuisance in the Dallas around this time of year.  Vickers was bitten by them about four months ago.  At that time he found out he’s allergic to them when he started wheezing and his neck started to swell up.  Now he carries an EpiPen with him for cases like today.

MORE ABOUT VICKERS –> PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Cowboys FB Lawrence Vickers

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