To help bring the attention of Detroit Lions players back to work after their week off, the team invited Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame member Ben Wallace to the facility on Monday. Wallace, who recently accepted a front office assistant position for the Pistons, has inspired a Lions team still chasing their first win of the season at the halfway point of the year.
“It was exceptional, man. I mean, what a stallion. He was awesome, ”Lions head coach Dan Campbell said of Wallace’s appearance.
Campbell was particularly intrigued by Wallace’s personal journey as an undrafted free agent to the Hall of Fame. Before Wallace addressed the whole team, the two had a chat and Campbell discovered that Wallace’s story reflected what he hoped to see from this team – fighting adversity to greatness. Detroit is currently launching several players who, like Wallace, were not drafted and now have the option of a career in the league.
“It really embodies everything I think this city stands for, but it’s also what we want to be, right? Campbell said. “You want to mold your personality after a guy like him.”
Campbell mentioned that Wallace said two things that really stood out to him. One, which he kept to himself, and the other, which he shared with the media on Wednesday.
“How much he missed the fight and loved the fight. It was pretty good, man, it really resonated. He was awesome. Guys love it now. They ate it. It was great.”
- Asked about playing a winless team this week, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin swept the Lions record, saying they are still a professional football team:
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke to reporters in Detroit at the time. Always appreciated.
“This is not college football, we are not playing against an FCS team, we are not playing against a Group 5 team this week.”
Said Dan Campbell coaches the way he played, something he respects.
– Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) November 10, 2021
- Former Lions tight end Darren Fells has accepted the waivers, but it looks like he’ll be back on a roster very soon – and he’s enjoying a significant improvement in the squad:
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2021
- Well done to our friends at the Detroit Lions Podcast, who raised over $ 27,000 for St. Jude’s while providing us with great content, like this reunion between Wayne Fontes, Herman Moore and Lomas Brown: