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Matthew Stafford nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford is the Detroit Lions‘ nominee for the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. If selected as the winner, Stafford would be the first Lions player to bring home the honor.

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The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is presented to honor a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. Each of the 32 NFL teams gets one nominee, and the winner is announced at the NFL Honors show on Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Matthew Stafford is a worthy nominee. Some of Stafford’s most notable contributions to the community have come through S.A.Y. Detroit, an organization which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged citizens through shelter, food, care, volunteer efforts, and education.

In 2015, Stafford donated $1 million to revive and maintain the Lipke Recreation Center after city budget cuts forced the center to close. Thanks to a partnership with the City of Detroit, S.A.Y Detroit, and Stafford’s own Score 7 Charitable Foundation, the Lipke Recreation Center was reopened as the S.A.Y Detroit Play Center in the Osborn neighborhood of Detroit.

He’s donated tickets to first-responders, worked with organizations to reach out to kids about health and wellness, and also been known to privately help various causes and people in need under the condition it’s not publicized.

Since his rookie season back in 2009, Matthew Stafford has also regularly adopted multiple deserving families in Detroit that are struggling during the holidays. In 2016, he and wife Kelly embraced the families of two slain police officers.

As a nominee, Matthew Stafford will wear a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year helmet decal throughout the remainder of the season in recognition of his accomplishments on and off the field.

2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominees

New this year, all 32 team nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award will be highlighted as finalists and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LIII.

$500,000 will be donated in the name of the 2018 winner. $250,000 will be donated in his name to expand Character Playbook. Character Playbook is an education initiative focused on teaching middle school students how to build healthy relationships and make good decisions sponsored by the NFL and The United Way. An additional donation of $250,000 will be donated to the charity of the winner’s choice.

The other 31 nominees will receive a donation of $50,000 in their name to expand Character Playbook and an additional donation of up to $50,000 to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide, and United Way Worldwide.

Below is a list of the 2018 nominees:

Player Position Team
Antonie Bethea S Arizona Cardinals
Grady Jarrett DT Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Carr CB Baltimore Ravens
Lorenzo Alexander LB Buffalo Bills
Julius Peppers DE Carolina Panthers
Trey Burton TE Chicago Bears
Carlos Dunlap DE Cincinnati Bengals
Christian Kirksey LB Cleveland Browns
Dak Prescott QB Dallas Cowboys
Von Miller OLB Denver Broncos
Matthew Stafford QB Detroit Lions
Kenny Clark DT Green Bay Packers
Whitney Mercilus LB Houston Texans
Jabaal Sheard DE Indianapolis Colts
Blake Bortles QB Jacksonville Jaguars
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs
Corey Liuget DT Los Angeles Chargers
Andrew Whitworth LT Log Angeles Rams
Kenny Stills WR Miami Dolphins
Kyle Rudolph TE Minnesota Vikings
Devin McCourty DB New England Patriots
Mark Ingram II RB New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas S & ST New York Giants
Kelvin Beachum OL New York Jets
Marshawn Lynch RB Oakland Raiders
Chris Long DE Philadelphia Eagles
Cameron Heyward DT Pittsburgh Steelers
Robbie Gould K San Francisco 49ers
K.J. Wright LB Seattle Seahawks
Gerald McCoy DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jurrel Casey DT Tennessee Titans
Vernon Davis TE Washington Redskins

Man of the Year Charity Challenge

To further celebrate and promote the 32 team nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the NFL will be running the third annual Charity Challenge sponsored by Nationwide.

Between December 6th and January 13th, fans are encouraged to post #WPMOYChallenge and their favorite nominee’s last name on social media.

The nominee who receives the most hashtag mentions will win an additional $25,000 donation to his charity of choice, while the runner-up will receive $10,000 and the third-place finisher will receive $5,000.

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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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REPORT: Detroit Lions meet with standout cornerback

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The NFL Draft will be here before we know it and the Detroit Lions are putting their final touches on their preparations.

According to a report from Matt Miller, the Lions have met with former Central Michigan standout CB, Sean Bunting.

Bunting, who is expected to be drafted on Day 2, had 104 tackles and nine interceptions in 35 career games with the Chippewas.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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