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Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria’s ‘N Sync dance pays off with $10,000 donation from Jimmy Fallon
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Joseph Fauria is a 6-foot-7, 255-pound professional football player.

And he’s not afraid to admit it: He practiced his ‘N Sync dance moves in the mirror.

Not that he really had to.

“I had those moves down like 10 years ago,” he said.

TE Fauria could see a larger role in Detroit
Michael Rothstein – ESPN.com

Joseph Fauria wakes up every morning angry. All he needs to do is type his name into Wikipedia.

There is the reminder the Detroit Lions tight end will never be able to erase, no matter how many years he plays in the NFL or how many touchdowns he scores and celebratory dances he performs. There, once as a link and once in black type, is that message.

Undrafted in the 2013 NFL draft.

Nate Burleson’s crash doesn’t have to wreck Lions’ season
Bob Wojnowski – The Detroit News

It’s tempting to say this only happens to the Lions, that no team suffers such cruel twists. That’s the easy out, the curse crutch, and it’s fine for mystics and mythologists.

But on a crushing day for Nate Burleson and the Lions, there was no time for self-pity. Once the Lions realized Burleson escaped a one-car accident early Tuesday with only a broken arm, there actually was a sense of relief it wasn’t worse.

Ziggy Ansah paying early dividends for Detroit Lions
Pat Caputo – The Oakland Press

The Lions, in need of replacements for both starting offensive tackles (Jeff Backus retired and Gosder Cherilus signed as a free agent with Indianapolis), “settled” for Brigham Young defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the fifth overall selection. At least, that was the perception from much of their fan base.

Ansah, who hails from Ghana, went to Brigham Young for schooling and religious reasons, but had never played football until college. Although he performed very well last year for BYU despite his inexperience, and dominated during Senior Bowl practices and the game, and stood out at the scouting combine as an extraordinarily gifted athlete, it was like he was going to be lost in the NFL.

It was almost as if people were expecting him to put on his helmet backward.

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