In San Francisco, he joined the other three 49er Hall-of-Famers-to-be in ’54. He was traded to the Detroit Lions before the 1957 season, then moved to Pittsburgh – where he had six of his most productive years – in 1960. He closed his career with Houston in 1966.
The iconic former Chicago Bears player and coach recently praised the strength of the NFC North and the up-and-coming Lions. And yes, Ditka said, Calvin Johnson did make a legal catch in last year’s season opener at Chicago.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.