BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Marshon Lattimore is just days away from finding out whether or not he's the Defensive Rookie of the Year, an award he's the clear favorite to pick up at the NFL Honors awards show on Saturday night.
But Lattimore is already in the Twin Cities.
Lattimore, who made a series of appearances on TV and radio as a spokesman for Gillette on Thursday, won't make any predictions, but he knows there's a good chance his name will be called on Saturday night.
"Hopefully," Lattimore said.
Lattimore, who is wearing a splint on his pinkie finger — he said the injury is nothing to worry about — is more nervous about what might happen in the spotlight if he does win.
"My biggest fear with those award shows is falling up the steps," Lattimore said. "If I get past that part, I'll be good. That's really what I'm nervous about, is tripping up the stairs."
Lattimore's family will be with him for the NFL Honors show on Saturday.
His father, Marland, is already in Minnesota, tagging along with Marshon as he makes his way through Radio Row and a long list of TV appearances, and his mother, Felicia Killebrew, will get in to Minneapolis on Friday.
For Lattimore, the experience is a little bittersweet — it still feels like the Saints should be in the game — but it's also exciting to enjoy the benefits of his stardom.
"I feel like we're supposed to be here right now," Lattimore said. "But I'm enjoying myself right now, being on TV, being on First Take, shows I was watching when I was younger, being on that's exciting."