Kyle Van Noy Blog: I'm up for the challenge

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Catch up with rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy as he talks wedding, minicamp and rookie week.

My wedding was awesome, especially with how many people ended up coming. We had about 700 people attend and come to the reception we had. It was unbelievable. The food was great. We had the regular cake, but they also threw in a Lions' cake and Lions' ice sculpture to show support for what I'm doing.

I love my wife. She is amazing and she looked beautiful. She was happy all day. It was awesome to see her just have the biggest smile because it's the day girls dream about their whole lives. The wedding went picture perfect for her so I was very, very happy.

Minicamp was right after and that went really well. Trying to learn two roles, linebacker and pass rusher, is  difficult in the sense of having to learn the technique for both of them. When you're playing at a high level like the NFL, people master their position. I'm trying to master two. I'm up for the challenge.

I'm always going to go about my business and that's putting the team first. I'm going to put the work in, time in and learning in. I'm going to put all those attributes together and just try to prove that I can play and I belong in the NFL.

The vets left last week, but us rookies were all here for an extra week. It was good, just hanging with the rookies more and finding out what they like to do for fun. It gave us a chance to get to know each other better.

My favorite part of the week was getting to talk to some of the Detroit alumni that came through. It was awesome to hear their perspective and get kind of a glimpse of what it's going to be like.

I particularly enjoyed talking to Elliss. We kind of have a similar background. He played at the University of Utah, which is my rival school. He knows people that I do and he actually lives in Utah so we're probably going to connect and hook up in Utah for some dinner and catch up. And see how his family is. He comes from a big family. He has 12 kids - five are biological and seven are adopted. It's cool.

He was telling me that when you have time off, you have to enjoy it. You always have that 'no time off' mentality, but it's also okay to relax and enjoy your time off and spend time with your family. This offseason I'm going to Saint Lucia on my honeymoon.