HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - It wasn't a typical Sunday football game in the NFL for Lufkin native Jorvorskie Lane over the weekend. Rather, it a homecoming for Lane who played back in Texas for the first time since his college days at Texas A&M in 2008.
Lane and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not have got the result they wanted yesterday, losing to the Houston Texans 19-9, but that didn't stop Lane's fan club from coming down to show their support.
"It's wonderful for me as a father to see him accomplish his goal," said Lane's father Joel Davis. "For me seeing it with my own eyes, the adversity he went through trying to get in the league, Jorvorskie went through a lot and now it's paying off for him."
Despite the loss, it turned out to be a pleasant experience for Lane playing back on familiar territory.
"Man it felt good. Obviously we lost but other than that, it felt good to play at home," said Lane. "I had to bring my 'A' game because I knew my little boy was watching. I made sure I did all my assignments right. I didn't miss my blocks or anything like that, but overall it felt good."
The Houston Texans game wasn't just any game on the schedule for Lane. It was a game he'd had his eye on as the excitement of playing back home was on his mind.
"I've been pumped about this game since last week when we beat the Saints. I was so anxious to get here Iast night, I only slept a little bit," said Lane. "I woke up this morning super early and I didn't even eat breakfast this morning I was that super excited about this game."
There have been coaching changes in Tampa Bay but Jorvorskie's role has stayed the same.
"I pretty much have the same role, just protect Jameis [Winston] when I can, with punt protection and kick return. So my role's pretty much the same with a greater role coming soon," said Lane.
"What a lot of people don't know about Jorvorskie is he has heart, and he has a heart in whatever he does," said Davis. "If it's washing a car, he's going to do his best. That's just what Jorvorskie does."
The Buccaneers are now 1-2 on the season with the Carolina Panthers next on the schedule.