It was April 2010 and Jason Fox was giddy with anticipation. Rightfully so. He had just been drafted by the Detroit Lions. A team that was on the rise. He had a bright future in the NFL and it was possible he would one day take over for Jeff Backus as the starting left tackle.
Obviously, I'm just guessing about Fox's mind-set when he entered the league and donned his first Lions jersey, but it can't be far from the truth.
It was a great situation for him.
Unfortunately, fate had other plans. In two years, he's only been active in four games. Injuries have robbed him of valuable NFL experience and he's become an afterthought.
Especially since the Lions used their first-round pick on left tackle Riley Reiff. He'll likely see a lot of action this season and has been dubbed the new successor to Backus.
I wouldn't count out Fox just yet, though. There is still a spot for him on this team if he can stay healthy.
In this article from MLive.com, Fox says he is healthy and wants to help out anyway he can. That's good news, because even with Reiff the Lions' offensive line can use all the help it can get.
He will surely have the motivation to put forth maximum effort. This is a critical year for him if he wants to continue to play football.
In training camp, look for him to push the linemen in front of him on the depth chart. He has to make an impact if he hopes to stick around.
The two tackle spots are probably out of his reach, but Stephen Peterman is ripe to have his starting position hijacked.
Even if he doesn't win a job outright, the season is long and treacherous. Injuries happen and backups have to be ready to step in. Fox could make a name for himself filling in if a starter goes down.
Lions fans have been waiting for it. This could be the year they finally see what kind of player Jason Fox is.