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Notes: Lions TE Logan Thomas and family overcome heartbreak, appreciate ‘miracle’ son

The tight end and his family endured pain but have come out stronger on the other side.

NFL: Detroit Lions-Minicamp Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

One of the perks of this time of year is opportunity to get to know some of the players you might not always see in the headlines.

This beautifully told, powerful and emotional story about Detroit Lions tight end Logan Thomas is one of those opportunities. As the Lions wrap up OTAs and minicamp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press painted a portrait of this family’s tragic, then inspiring and uplifting story for Father’s Day.

With Thomas expected to serve as Detroit’s third tight end and working to secure a roster spot, it’s a good time to get to know someone at a position that has drawn so much attention after the Lions selected T.J. Hockenson with their first pick. Not to mention signing Jesse James in free agency.

It’s also true that we often forget players are people with their own stories, not just helmets on a field. I don’t want to tell you too much more here but it felt like it needed a main spot on our page today, read the whole story here.

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