The Detroit Lions' signing of Larry Foote on Wednesday has given the Honolulu Blue a boost of relevance to the league. Their draft strategy of avoiding the marquee defensive linebackers and lineman until the later rounds now makes perfect sense.
The Pershing Doughboy, the stand-out linebacker from Michigan and the two-time Super Bowl champ from the Steelers has shown something that is so unexpected in this day and age of sports. He cares.
The city of Detroit is going through one of its darkest times. A mayor tossed, politicians investigated by the FBI, and the collapse of the auto industry to name a few. Yet when all of this is going on, Larry Foote decides to come here out of every team in the league.
None of the other teams went 0-16 last season and yet it is here where Larry Foote wants to be to turn into a winner. It is the Lions where Larry Foote wants to stand as middle linebacker—quarterback of the defense and show the rest of the league that this team will matter.
Does his move here mean the Lions will invade Tampa in February?
Not necessarily, but it does mean that the Lions are truly turning the page from last season. They want to be better, they have drafted for the future and signed for the present.
In an interview with 97.1 The Ticket, Foote brought up his other dream which is to coach his high school to the state championship. Such a player of his stature to express such a honorable dream after he is done playing makes his decision to play here even more honorable.
Detroit has lost companies and people throughout this economic nose-dive and yet Larry Foote of all players wants to play here. He wants to return to the Motor City and get it moving again. During the same week that another former Detroit athlete Dave Bing has become the new mayor of Detroit, Larry Foote has return to become its new heart.
Lions football cannot start soon enough...