Batman fan Houston says if Raiders were comic book, there'd be violence

Eric Edholm
July 24, 2014
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Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston talks about his Batman earrings after an NFL football news conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the team Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Defensive end Lamarr Houston feels like he left for greener pastures when he signed with the Chicago Bears after spending his first four years with the Oakland Raiders.

The 6-3, 300-pound edge setter was brought in for his ability to wreck blocking schemes, his physical strength and his toughness. Houston spoke to the media about the Bears' new-look defense, and he did some with some interesting superhero flare.

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Well, can you? The picture was as big as I could make it (with one hand while the other held a digital recorder), but trust us: Houston had two small discs, one in each ear, brandishing the famed yellow-and-black Batman logo.

So is Houston trying to bring a dark edge to the defense?

"No," Houston told Shutdown Corner, laughing, "I am just a fan of comics, especially Marvel."

Oh. Makes sense.

Houston wears several different kinds of earrings, but he loves his Batman ones.

"They're my favorites," he said. "And it's my favorite comic, along with Thor. Had to break them out for the first day [of training camp]."

Several NFL players are fans of comics, and Houston said he talks to players from other teams about them. He's even trying to turn some of his new teammates onto them, and he thinks he might have a few new fans by the end of his first season in Chicago.

"They are turning a lot of comics into movies now, there are a ton now," he said. "They are taking cartoons and comics and making movies, and that's how a lot of [new] fans are coming on board. I'm OK with that, as long as you like the good ones."

So if they made a comic series based on the Raiders, what would it be like?

"Oh man," Houston said, laughing. "Whatever it would be, it would have a lot of violence."

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