Today on the 14th day of April 2010, the Detroit Lions have lost a locker room favorite, and teammate.
His name is Casey Fitzsimmons.
Casey was a seven-year veteran on the Detroit Lions since joining the team in 2003 as a undrafted free agent out of Carroll College.
During his tenure in Detroit, Casey was less then stellar but for being undrafted, he took every game as his last and played til the whistle was blown.
That ended his career having only amassed a total of 88 catches 677 yards and five touchdowns. While he only was able to start a total of 24 games, he played on special teams and was able to play a total of 87 games.
Even though he was no spectacular player or all star for the team, Fitzsimmons always came off with class and whenever was interviewed came off as intelligent and knowledgeable. And his best moment for the team occured in 2007 when he returned a kickoff for a touchdown to seal the Lions' win over the Bears.
He returned a kickoff for a touchdown to seal the Lions' win over the Chicago Bears on September 30, 2007
His fire and desire for the game was very few typical NFL players still have in lining up for more then a paycheck.
Casey also knew he would accept any place on the team, any role, just knowing he was playing the game he loved was enough for this man.
Concussions are a serious business and while Casey won't be the first or last to get a concussion, the NFL needs to address this problem so players like Casey do not need to retire at such a young age.
His agent, released a statement from Fitzsimmons saying, "deciding to retire was difficult," but then went on to say he did so because of the seriousness of the risk associated with continuing to play.
So to end this, I'd like to thank Casey Fitzsimmons for his time in Detroit and wish him well in all his future endeavours.