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Ihedigbo knows what it takes to win a championship

Posted Apr 10, 2014

James Ihedigbo and Golden Tate, the two top free-agent signings by the Lions this offseason, have a few things in common: experience, leadership and a little hardware.

James Ihedigbo and Golden Tate, the two top free-agent signings by the Lions this offseason, have a few things in common. Both players bring experience and leadership to the table, but also a little hardware, too.

James IhedigboS James Ihedigbo (Photo: AP Images)

Ihedigbo has a Super Bowl ring from his time with Baltimore during the 2012 season and Tate is fresh off of a Super Win this past year with Seattle.

Ihedigbo, Tate and Reggie Bush (2009 season with New Orleans) are the only Lions players currently on the roster who know exactly what it takes to win an NFL championship. They saw the hard work in the spring translate to the fall. That kind of experience can be invaluable for a team looking for a little success of its own.

"Really what it means is you understand what it takes to be successful in this league," Ihedigbo said. "Having a Super Bowl ring and being through that whole journey and understanding what that accomplishment means, then you're bringing it to a team like the Detroit Lions where the fans are biting at the bit for it."

Head coach Jim Caldwell has a couple rings from his time in Indianapolis and Baltimore. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi (New Orleans) and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin (Baltimore) both have one also, but it's important to have players that know what winning is like in the locker room.

"The players are ready to give what we have to give in order to get that done," Ihedigbo said of bringing a ring to Detroit.

Accomplishing that will, in part, depend on how quickly players can learn a new coaching staff, new schemes and each other.

Ihedigbo got a jump on that by working out with fellow starting free safety Glover Quin this offseason in Houston.

"It was definitely awesome meeting him and kind of how everything played out after I got signed and we connected in Houston and been training together there, as well as here," he said. "It's been awesome so far. (He is) a very like-minded individual, comes from top pedigree, of course, and knows what it takes to be successful in this league, especially in the secondary, as well as a defense and as a team.

"So, I'm excited to work with him as well as all the other guys. We have a great group of guys here and it's definitely an exciting time. I'm honored to be a Detroit Lion. It's going to be great."