Mikel Leshoure Sends Clear Message About Being Part of 2011 Detroit Lions

Brenda SummersCorrespondent IIJune 6, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 06:  Mikel Leshoure #5 of the Illinios Fighting Illini celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown reception while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 67-65.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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I'm liking the Detroit Lions' newest RB, Mikel Leshoure, more and more lately.  I believe he will be a great complement to Jahvid Best, but the main reason he has made a leap on my list of players is because I love those who show their heart and soul is with the team. 

There are many ways a player can express their thoughts about being part of a team but Mikel Leshoure raised the visual bar for all of them.

Check out what he did to show his pride and commitment via this tweet from Tom Leyden, an ABC sports anchor in Detroit.

Leshoure is now sporting a huge tattoo on his left forearm that reads, "Detroit Lions (with the Lions logo) 4-29-2011 (the day he was drafted by Detroit)."

Leshoure joins the list of players for Detroit who have proudly stated their thoughts on being part of this team.  Ndamukong Suh believes that the Lions can win every game this season and newly acquired safety, Erik Coleman, didn't even have to think twice about joining the team.

In an interview published by Tom Kowalski at mlive.com, Coleman said, "It was just the right fit—a great organization and a great coaching staff. I feel like they have a need for me and I definitely have a need for them...I think it's the right fit, and a great opportunity, and I'm really looking forward to it."

Did he say he had a need for Detroit?  That is what I'm talking about.  Players want to play for Detroit.  What does that tell you? 

The Lions are being seen by the players themselves as a team worth being on.  They want to come in and be part of the change they can see and feel is coming.  It's already been set in motion.  The new players want to be on that train when it hits the playoffs and then the Super Bowl.

Leshoure put it in ink on his arm.  He's looking to stay with this team for the long haul.

Let's hope that his next tattoo will read "Super Bowl Champs."