Lions Notes: Jim Schwartz Pays Tribute To Tom Kowalski

  • To honor Tom Kowalski, who died this morning, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz held a moment of silence with his players and had a team prayer. He also paid tribute to Kowalski by having a moment of silence during his post-practice press conference. Since Kowalski usually asked the first question, Schwartz decided to use that time to honor him.

    "When we're ready, we'll go to the second question," he said. The group then took a moment of silence in honor of Kowalski.

    "I'll just say this about Tom," said Schwartz. "The one thing he always tried to do was get it right. He knew football and he always wanted to get it right and we had a lot of respect for that."

    Schwartz and Lions team president Tom Lewand got choked up while talking about Kowalski. It says a lot about how great of a writer and person Kowalski was that many of the people he covered are broken up over his death.
  • Kowalski was trending worldwide on Twitter because so many people were recounting their memories of him. MLive compiled what Kowalski's fellow media members (local and national) had to say about him on Twitter.

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