ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions gave their rookies a history lesson Tuesday morning. A mostly positive history lesson.
While that included the founding of the franchise and the history of the Thanksgiving Day game, it likely means some large chunks were left out -- like the 0-16 season in 2008 and that the franchise has yet to reach a Super Bowl, winning only one playoff game since the AFL-NFL merger.
“I mean, it was just the history and obviously around here it’s gonna be positive things,” rookie offensive tackle Taylor Decker said. “It was just a basic history of the Lions, just so maybe guys who had been on the West Coast or farther down south who have been around different NFL organizations just have kind of a better understanding of how the organization started and everything.”
Neither Decker (born in 1994) nor A'Shawn Robinson (born in 1995) were alive the last time the Lions won a playoff game, which came during the playoffs after the 1991 season. Neither player was born the last time the Lions won the division, which came in 1993 when there were only three divisions per conference and Detroit played in the NFC Central, not the NFC North.
To be fair, it's not clear exactly what the Lions rookies were taught Tuesday morning, as neither Decker nor Robinson were completely forthcoming with what was taught in the session.
Robinson, who is from Texas and played football at Alabama, said he learned about the Lions from his college roommate, Alabama offensive lineman Chris Posa, a native of Commerce, Michigan. Robinson said his roommate informed him about the franchise’s playoff futility, including one playoff victory in 58 years.
“He tells me about it,” Robinson said. “He tells me about that and he tells me about whenever something happens and stuff. I had heard that one.”
Btw you know I wasn't talking bad about my lions. I'll always bleed Honolulu blue but it's not like I'm gonna lie about how bad it's been— Posa (@YaBoyPosa) May 10, 2016
However, Robinson said he learned plenty from the history of the Lions presentation given by Senior Vice President of Communications Bill Keenist, including most of the positive things the tutorial covered.
“I thought it was pretty cool that Bill enlightened us about [the history of the Lions] and to know what’s happening and the traditions that came along,” Robinson said. “Thanksgiving and how it’s taken a long way until now.
“I thought it was really cool and I never knew about any of that stuff, and honestly to be enlightened is pretty cool and to be into this tradition now is amazing.”