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I'm a passionate football and sports fan with strange allegiances. I grew up in Cleveland but have always been a Detroit Lions fan from the days of Billy Sims and Chris Spielman, my all-time favorite athlete. I'm an Ohio State football fan married since 1996 to a Michigan fan. Our two kids are allowed to choose their own fandom as long as it's not Notre Dame.
I've been writing about football for years now. In addition to my work here at Bleacher Report, I've been the Senior NFL Writer and Draft Analyst at RealGM.com since 2004. I still do popular weekly picks and weekend wrap-up columns there. I am the editor at DetroitLionsDraft.com as well, and I've contributed to The Sporting News, NFL's Future, and several other sites along the way. I've done regular radio spots with ESPN Hawaii, The Papa Joe Chevalier Show, and many other stations.
Fun facts about me:
I did my senior history thesis at Ohio University on the USFL and why it failed. That afforded me the opportunity to interview Donald Trump and Al Davis within an 18-hour period, which is pretty awesome for a 23-year old wannabe football writer. I was also able to work in the Pro Football Hall of Fame basement, which is a true treasure trove of football history.
I'm 6'5" and an avid and competitive volleyball player. My wife is 6'2" and an even better volleyballer than me. We have won 11 co-ed tournaments together. Hopefully that number is not done going up.
My son is named Layne after late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley. Their music really spoke to me at a difficult time in life. Here's hoping my Layne chooses a different life path...
I've officiated both football and basketball periodically since I was 18. I advanced as high as D-III college hoops as an official.
I like my music loud and complex. I'm drinking black coffee from a Dream Theater mug as I type this, and I am a huge fan of the Finnish folk metal movement. Back in the day I headbanged with my power mullet to Iron Maiden, GNR, and Deep Purple. You will find frequent music references in my writing.
I almost always wear sunglasses when I'm outside, even in the rain. No I'm not trying to be cool; I suffered an eye injury in volleyball that makes me very sensitive to light but especially wind. It also causes me to tear up for no reason at times.
I've never smoked anything, cigarettes or otherwise.
I attend Senior Bowl week every year. You can usually find me under the goalpost right by the main entrance. I'm the tall dude decked out in Nautica gear with a giant Smoothie King cup firmly in hand. Don't be shy.
I'm a geography buff and the guy you want on your side in trivia contests. I successfully qualified for Jeopardy, but it was during the season where Ken Jennings had his amazing run and a prolonged Tournament of Champions so I never made it on the actual show.
I tend to blow up Twitter timelines on Saturdays during CFB season and I do so mainly to create draft-related notes for myself.
You’re welcome, Jeff! Always happy to help.
What is Troy Aikman doing these days? TV.....Yes I see him there!
Why wouldn't someone grab this guy to be their GM? LIONS!
Proven Winner and a great judge of talent!!! Am I wrong?
The TV booth too comfy?
Jeff, Get a hold of Martin Mayhew and tell him we need to target Sammie Watkins from Clemson, who would complement CJ perfectly! He is fast, quick, great hands, very elusive and will run over people if he must. He would be an instant starter replacing Burelson, and be an honest downfield threat, and someone you can use on reverses, and the quick outs. CJ and Sammie would make a great 1-2 punch for years to come.
Great Lions articles!
You're welcome, Jeff! Ha, no worries about the name. Keep up the great Lions coverage.
No problem, Jeff. Glad to help out a fellow metal head!
Jeff, I have a question. In yesterday's game, the Green Bay Packers' Tramon Williams pushed a ref and also took a cheap kick at a Lions player. Do you think the NFL is playing favorites if they don't fine him for one or both of those offenses? Suh was fined simply to make a point not long ago (it seems every week this happens to Suh) and I find it very frustrating. Guess I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who feels this way!
No problem, Jeff, verb tense agreement is (in my experience) one of those things that's easier for someone else to catch when reading your work. Hope it was helpful!
Jeff, you're an amazing writer. How do I follow you....I really love your writing. I also love to write about football which is how I stumbled upon your article about LaAdrian Waddle--what an amazing story...I was covering my lineup report at www.realfootballanalysis.com when I discovered Waddle starting at right tackle this week--so glad you wrote about it because every week there are some amazing stories about unheralded guys working the trenches that don't get covered by all the other noise surrounding the NFL and fantasy. Hope you find this comment in your busy schedule and would love any feedback...love that you included stuff about your life/family and kids in your bio here :)