Daunte Culpepper: Motown Needs You to get Your Roll On

Shawn HaleContributor IMay 24, 2009

DETROIT , MI - NOVEMBER 27:  Daunte Culpepper #11 of the Detroit Lions throws a second quarter touchdown pass while playing the Tennessee Titans on November 27, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Five years ago, Daunte Culpepper was on the verge of writing his own ticket to Canton.


He was the ringmaster of one of the greatest offenses ever.


If it weren't for Peyton Manning filling the record book, he would have an MVP in his trophy case.


Daunte has more credentials than the entire locker room combined. The team wants to follow him—there hasn't been a football player in Detroit with his leadership skills and moxy since the 90s.


We need him to be stiff-arm blitzing DB's to the ground, to spin out the way of linebackers and defensive lineman.


Detroit needs to see him throw 70-yard bombs down the sideline to Megatron.


The entire state needs to see his knee at 100 percent and for him to just find a glimpse of his old self. 


Stafford needs Culpepper to show him how to win, how to study, how to be a pro, and a leader of professional athletes.  It is obvious Daunte is already loved in the locker room.


Culpepper could own Motown in about five games. In a way, he deserves this chance. The city deserves this. The players need a battle tested veteran like him to show them the way. He has done it before.


There isn't another player in the Detroit locker room that has the potential to change everything for himself and the fans.  Detroit has not had a leader at the quarterback position in a very generous decade.


It's what the fans need. And it's what Daunte needs. Give Hollywood something to think about.  Culpepper should be angry at the entire NFL for writing him off and eager to change their perception of him. 


The Red Wings are on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Tigers are leading their division and if the Lions found a way to compete, this city would ignite.


The city wants to believe he is healthy, that he is back to the Daunte that beat us up twice a year. Forget Matthew Stafford for a year or two, I want to see Culpepper throw the ball like he used to.


I want to see him high five the entire team.


I want to see him talking to the defense! 


I want to see him and Calvin develop a chemistry that hasn't been in Detroit since Herman Moore was out leaping everyone on a fade route. This entire city would look up to him if he could just let us resemble an NFL team for 16 weeks.


We all know Stafford is the future at some point, but it doesn't have to be now.


The only question is: is Daunte ready to take an entire city on his back?