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Former Detroit Lions’ DE Armonty Bryant: ‘I need a kidney’ [Via ESPN]

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In an interview with Michael Rothstein of ESPN, former Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant opened up about being on dialysis and needing a kidney.

Back in July of 2018, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure and that he had decided to retire from the NFL.

However hard this may be, and although not the way I wanted to end my career, God has a funny way of timing things out in our lives. Just before I got a chance to finish my career strong I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. Due to this I am forced to announce my official retirement from the sport I have eaten, breathed, slept, dreamt and loved for my entire life. But this isn’t the end. This is just the beginning of so much more that is coming. I have started a business with a woman I soon get to call my wife. And these opportunities we have together are endless. This is just the start of something out of this world huge! Be ready and stay tuned for all that’s coming from the Bryant’s!

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However hard this may be, and although not the way I wanted to end my career, God has a funny way of timing things out in our lives. Just before I got a chance to finish my career strong I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. Due to this I am forced to announce my official retirement from the sport I have eaten, breathed, slept, dreamt and loved for my entire life. But this isn’t the end. This is just the beginning of so much more that is coming. I have started a business with a woman I soon get to call my wife. And these opportunities we have together are endless. This is just the start of something out of this world huge! Be ready and stay tuned for all that’s coming from the Bryant’s! #AstrokidsGym #Akgyms #AustinTX #AK #NFL

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In Rothstein’s piece, he detailed what Bryant’s daily routine now looks like since being put on dialysis.

From ESPN:

Armonty Bryant wakes up every morning, gets out of bed and for most of the day can’t leave his bedroom. He wants to. He would give almost anything to. He must stay.

Bryant takes four pills for his blood pressure and gets to work. It’s a different job than the one he had before as an NFL defensive lineman who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2013 and last played for the Detroit Lions in 2016. It’s one he doesn’t get paid for, but one he must complete in order to live.

He begins his arduous daily process here, starting with hanging a new bag of dialysis solution on his IV pole. For 50 minutes he sits in the San Diego bedroom he shares with his wife, Kim. He connects the solution to a catheter coming out of his abdomen. He then drains his body of the old solution that has been filtering his blood, a step that takes 15 to 20 minutes. Next, he fills his abdomen with the new solution, completing a round of peritoneal dialysis. When the bag is empty, he gets up and caps it before he heads off to make breakfast and start his day.

“In the beginning, I didn’t even have an appetite. I couldn’t eat before starting dialysis. I was eating one to two meals a day, not really even hungry,” Bryant said in a particularly low moment last month. “I’ve lost so much weight and it’s so depressing. It’s not me, you know?

“Like, when I look in the mirror, I don’t see myself. I see a sick person. I see a tube coming out of my stomach. I don’t see Armonty Bryant.”

To read the rest of the amazing piece by Michael Rothstein and to see Bryant’s plea for anyone to give him a kidney, please click here.

 

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Former Detroit Lions’ CB Nevin Lawson tweets message for Kelly Stafford and her family

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Earlier this week, Kelly Stafford‘s brother posted a photo on Instagram which showed Kelly in the hospital preparing for brain surgery.

Since that post, there have not been any updates on Kelly and all we can do is keep her in our thoughts and prayers that all went well and she has a speedy and successful recovery.

On Saturday night, former Detroit Lions‘ cornerback Nevin Lawson took to Twitter to send his prayers out for Kelly the Stafford family.

Please continue to pray for Kelly Stafford and her family as they go through this difficult time.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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JUST IN: Detroit Lions drop 2019 schedule hype video

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The 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away and on Friday the team dropped a 2019 schedule hype video.

Check it out!

Nation, what will the Lions record be in 2019?

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