Our readers are familiar with the rave free agency reviews from analysts and players talking about Brad Holmes’ secondary makeover this offseason. Cameron Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley are both fine players, but C.J. Gardner-Johnson really put this free agent class over the top. Not only is he an amazing player on the field, it looks like he’ll be a delight off the field as well.
After the team’s media folks featured Gardner-Johnson with a highlight reel we noted on Thursday, the self-proclaimed “best nickel corner in the NFL” (which is actually kind of a big deal) was this week’s featured guest on Tim Twentyman’s podcast Twentyman in the Huddle. Right off the bat, Gardner-Johnson joked to the host that the podcast name was a penalty flag for too many men on the field, so you know it was a fun interview.
Twentyman brought up the art of the trash talk, and although I recalled hearing about it I did not realize Gardner-Johnson is very much at home with the right team in that respect as well. One of the most amazing Gardner-Johnson stories is how he baited Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims into an incredibly stupid penalty (which got Wims ejected) and set up a crucial interception for the Saints defense back in 2020. I highly recommend taking a look at a Twitter thread by Evan Saacks that breaks it all down because it is such entertaining reading.
Obviously there is a particular anime fan in New Orleans I’m going to miss, but my goodness Gardner-Johnson has such confidence, swagger, and humor that he’s going to be so much fun to follow. I mean, look at him smirking at Tom Brady back in 2021 after the future hall of fame quarterback was stripped of the ball on a scramble:
The second fun video that went up on the team’s official YouTube channel for the weekend was Friday’s Notecard Questions with C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Again, from the hilarious interviews he’s done in his career with other teams, we know “Ceedy Deuce” most definitely keeps it real. Now, to understand his answer to the question “If you weren’t a football player, what would you be,” just check out the man’s custom chains (for example, this magnificent one in an interview after a game against Tampa Bay); he knows the business!
This is the best answer ever given to this specific question pic.twitter.com/pKwzir0RTD— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) March 25, 2023
You can see the whole thing in all its glory on the team’s YouTube channel. I particularly loved how most of his favorite TV shows growing up were cartoons and that he’s very much into video games. Take a look and get acquainted with one of our newest Detroit Lions. Now, on to the rest of your weekend Notes:
- The Athletic’s Colton Pouncy wrote an article about how C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Aaron Glenn are a match made in football heaven (subscription required). It is behind a paywall, but I trust Erik and Jeremy that it is an awesome read and worth your time.
- I am a sucker for Lego, but holy cow this is incredible:
- The featured guest on the Dungeon of Doom podcast hosted by MLive’s Kyle Meinke and Ben Raven was returning offensive lineman Graham Glasgow. You can listen to the episode in its entirety in a web player on Spotify.
Come for insight into how a no-star recruit walked on at Michigan, became a Lions 3rd-rounder and eventually made his way back to Detroit (just in time for the birth of his child).— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) March 24, 2023
Stay for the stories about living with Taylor Decker, and carpooling in his mom’s 2012 Honda Pilot https://t.co/5mtCDelJxn
- Registration is now open for the 2023 auditions with the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders. Tryouts will be held on May 7-8 at Ford Field.
- The team paid tribute to the passing of a beloved member of the Detroit media:
- Applications for the team’s Touchdown in Your Town program presented by Kroger is going on from March 13 to April 17. The program has a number of new elements this year, including a partnership with Planet Fitness to renovate at least one high school participant program’s weight room.
- The Lions recognized the birthday of local rapper Big Sean, who has performed on a few occasions for the team at Ford Field: