The Detroit Lions got their first win under Dan Campbell on Sunday, and they could not have done it in more dramatic fashion. After blowing a 14-point second half lead—in particularly disastrous fashion—Jared Goff and the Lions went on a 14-play, 75-yard drive, including the game-winning score as time expired.
When Amon-Ra St. Brown hauled in the 11-yard winner, we saw all the emotion released on the field. We saw Goff run to the arms of Campbell for a strong hug. We saw the sideline spill onto the field. We saw Campbell’s sideline reaction with a leap and one of the strongest fist pumps you’ll see from an NFL coach. And, of course, we saw a turnt up Penei Sewell, because that man is always turnt up.
But there’s nothing like the locker room celebration for a moment like this. Here, players and coaches are at their rawest, sharing a moment together typically led by either the head coach or quarterback or some leader in that locker room.
And for the first time in almost exactly a calendar year, the Lions have a locker room celebration video, and it’s a doozy.
There’s so much to love about this video. There’s Dan Campbell literally lifting team owner Sheila Ford Hamp off the ground, who can only say, “That was un-fricken-believable.” There’s dancing. There’s Campbell’s authentic pride in his team.
“To say that I’m proud of you would be a major understatement, gentleman.”
Then there’s veteran Michael Brockers—who has every right to still be upset that he’s landed in Detroit over the far-more-successful Los Angeles Rams—handing the game ball to Campbell.
Then general manager Brad Holmes gives Campbell a noogie and the team showers them all in water and hugs. That pretty much puts any idea that Campbell may have lost this locker room to bed.
And to a few of you out there who I know will react to this video with some sort of version of, “Act like you’ve been there before.” How about we just let people have some fun? It’s been a really long time since we’ve had any.