The Detroit Lions players had their say as to who should serve as team captains for the 2012 season and six players have received the honor.
The team’s two biggest stars, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were named the team’s offensive captains. This is the first time Calvin Johnson has been named a team captain. He replaces Dominic Raiola as the Lions’ second offensive captain.
Kyle Vanden Bosch was the only defensive captain a year ago but he’ll be joined by Stephen Tulloch this season. Tulloch, now in his second year with the Lions, was a key component of the Lions defense after signing a one-year deal prior to last season and will be one of the team’s leaders for the foreseeable future after signing a new five year deal with the team over the offseason.
It’s no surprise that Jason Hanson will once again be a special teams captain for the Lions. The person joining him is the biggest surprise out of all the captains named today: John Wendling. Wendling has been a special teams ace in his two previous seasons with the Lions and while he is expected to be that again in 2012, he may get more opportunities to play safety. That’s a testament to his hard work and it is obvious his teammates have taken notice.