Coming into his third yr because the coach of one among final season’s most stunning groups, Detroit Lions’ Dan Campbell remains to be speaking about an concept he had earlier than he coached a single down in Motown. After the 47-year-old was employed previous to the 2021 season, he advised the hosts of Pardon My Take that he had pitched the thought of getting a pet lion to maintain on the crew’s Allen Park observe facility and that Detroit proprietor Sheila Ford Hamp was on board with the thought.
“I don’t suppose we’re going to have the ability to do it, however I might like to actually simply have a pet lion,” Campbell stated. “Only a legit pet lion on a series, a giant ass chain, and he actually is my pet. We simply stroll across the constructing, we exit to observe, we’re at seven-on-seven, we’re behind the kicker when he’s kicking…I imply, give it some thought. It’d be excellent. The issue, I don’t know if PETA’s going to permit that. Despite the fact that we might take nice care of it.”
To the shock of nobody, a reside pet lion didn’t present up at observe or coaching camp in Allen Park throughout Campbell’s first two seasons in Detroit, throughout which era the crew compiled a reasonably stunning 12-21-1 file. With the beginning of his third season quickly approaching, Campbell is as soon as once more elevating the potential of having a reside lion across the crew, however this time he stated he needs to have the predatory pet on the sidelines at Detroit’s video games. And, as she did two offseasons in the past, Ford Hamp supported Campbell’s concept. The league, nevertheless, and probably NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, didn’t.
“Sheila, she had no downside with it, however the league apparently frowns on these forms of issues,” Campbell stated. “I’m not gonna level out Roger on this, I’m simply gonna say the league frowns on that, let’s simply say that.”
A reside lion roaming Detroit’s sideline, snarling at officers and opponents alongside Campbell would have made for some fascinating tv, however there’s no method it’s going to occur. That’s life within the No Enjoyable League.
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