Last month, the city of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States. As many believe, one of the only things that can bring the people of a downtrodden city is sports. Like the New Orleans Saints were able to do recently for their city, the Detroit Lions are hoping to revitalize their fans through a heart-warming story of success on the field.
“A lot of people might say, ‘Man, it’s tough playing in Detroit, man. You guys went bankrupt. Your city sucks. There’s burned-down buildings, schools that are not even open,'” wide receiver Nate Burleson said.
“I feel like what we can do for this city is similar for what the Saints did in New Orleans,” Burleson continued. “It’s not going to fix everything. But it’s a Band-Aid that can temporarily heal a lot of open wounds that we have in this city.”
The Lions feel like they can put up a lofty amount of points this year, especially because of their new addition in the back field. Bringing in Reggie Bush from the Miami Dolphins could have been one of the best signings of the offseason.
“We can definitely use that as fuel to maybe help restore some pride and hope within the city, within the people,” Bush said. “It’s obviously something that you’d like to not see happen. I always feel like things happen for a reason and you can always use a little bit of negative towards something good and make something positive out of it.”
After inking a hefty extension, quarterback Matthew Stafford is ready to continue his career in Detroit and knows the magnitude of what this season means.
“I think it’s always there. Any city you play in for any sports team in any league, you feel a responsibility to the city and the fans and the people of that city to do everything you can to be successful, and we’re no different.”