While the move isn't official yet, Stephen Tulloch appears to be the latest Detroit Lions player to have been released. Tulloch has been a leader on and off the field since joining the team in 2011. His influence on the organization goes well beyond his play on the team, and if the outpour of love on social media is any sign, he will not easily be replaced. Several players went to Twitter to express their grattitude for Tulloch's influence on their respective lives.
Slay was the first player to wish Tulloch good luck:
What a blessing to play with u big homie go get that new money lol @stephentulloch— Darius slay (@_bigplayslay23) February 19, 2016
Later, Slay commented on the Lions' organization and their seemingly harsh decisions thus far:
The lions ain't playing— Darius slay (@_bigplayslay23) February 19, 2016
Diggs only played alongside Tulloch for one year, but still felt blessed enough to have been positively impacted by his presence:
@stephentulloch we gon miss you big bro preciate you looking out for me and helping the rook out!— Quandre Diggs (@qdiggs6) February 19, 2016
Kyle Van Noy
Van Noy, who is likely one of the players most impacted by Tulloch's leadership, showed his gratitude for everything he's done for him:
Going to miss @stephentulloch in da building! Appreciate u helpin me get right bro! Next play! 10 years! Being evaluated! Run grunt! Yup! Ha— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) February 19, 2016
Reid simply spoke to the man's greatness on and off the field:
Big head...bigger heart. Appreciate you @stephentulloch— Caraun Reid (@ChopReid) February 19, 2016
Although Moore played on the other side of the ball, he was positively influenced by Tulloch's leadership:
@stephentulloch all love bro! It was fun this yr!! You're a great leader and a true pro. Good luck moving forward!— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) February 19, 2016
Good luck, Tully. The Lions have a near-impossible task of finding someone who can command a locker room like you can.