The NFL Gives Back: Reaching Out To A Team In Need.

Caleb M.Analyst IOctober 7, 2009

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Mark Anderson #97 and Nick Roach #53 of the Chicago Bears hit Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions after a pass on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 48-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

You know, the NFL is always reaching out to communities. You see the commercials with the Manning's and others playing with kids; teaching them about staying fit, being active, and playing football.

It's great to see the NFL so giving in these troubled times.

But what about their own? 

The Lions, for example, are a "community" in need. They went 0-16 last year. Sure, the Lions snapped a 19 game losing streak, but that's the only real accomplishment so far. 

I've been picking out the positives of Detroit's performances in most of my articles. And there is a reason Culpepper isn't starting; anyone who watched that Bears game knows why.

Still, the Lions are lacking in the fundamentals like missing tackles. Kevin Smith is an emerging star—but he still has a ways to go.

As one fellow writer said, we Detroit fans need to be patient.

Sure, Detroit is moving up in the world; just check out the ESPN power rankings—we have five teams worse than us now. 

This is great news. Good, good stuff. 

What is our key to success? The NFL giving back. That's right. Our secret is out—the Lions are staying in games because of the NFL's generosity, and that of the player's union.

Roger Goodell is a great man, and I get teary eyed thinking of all he's done for us as Detroit fans. Providing us with real NFL players to help us- it's really inspiring.

In this video, you'll see what I'm talking about.

It warms my heart to see the NFL reaching out to teams in need.

I want to give a special shout out to Ahmed Bradshaw, Kyle Boller, and Torrence Holt for believing in the Lions, and giving us all some hope.

Thank you all so much! 

I look forward to a much improved year.