New Detroit Lions Coach Dan Campbell Wants A Real Pet Lion For Home Games

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If there’s one coach who is already making an impact in the NFL — even though he’s never been a head coach before — it’s new Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell.

Campbell’s NFL career as head coach kicked off with a bizarre opening press conference in which he told those in attendance and those watching that the Lions would have a new look and new identity in 2021 and beyond.

The press conference made a ton of waves, and while some thought it was over the top, others thought it may just be what the team needs.

If you don’t recall the presser – here’s a small video portion of it.

While it’s been some time since he made headlines, Campbell is at it again. Now, he says that he’d like to adopt an animal for the team. And what other animal makes sense for the Detroit Lions, but a Lion?

Appearing on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast this week, Campbell said that he’s serious about having a Lion at the team’s home games at Ford Field.

“I would love to literally just have a pet lion,” Campbell said. “Just a legit pet lion. On a chain — a big-ass chain.”

“We just walk around the building. We go out to practice. We’re in 7-on-7,” Campbell said of how he’d treat his new buddy the Lion.

“We’re behind the kicker when he’s kicking. We’re just — there we are. I mean, think about it. It’d be outstanding.”

Or the lion could get loose and cause mass chaos during a game. No worries whatsoever.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. If the coronabros weren’t already afraid enough to attend a game in person, maybe this will help keep them away. If no masks + wild animals on ‘big ass chains’ keeps the woke, cowardly mob at home, I’m here for it.

  2. I like this guy already. I haven’t watched a full nfl game in a few years but if the lions had an actual lion for a mascot I would definitely watch their games. Maybe when they played the 49ers you could give them a Kapernick doll to rip apart on the sidelines. That’d be pretty cool.

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