Former Lions star Lomas Brown let Scott Mitchell 'get hurt'
We all have a soft spot for Lomas Brown -- he's one of the greatest Detroit Lions in history, and he's not afraid to voice an opinion.
So, when asked by ESPN radio hosts about quarterback protection, Brown told a story (and was encouraged to tell it) about former Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell.
Brown says during a 38-30 loss in 1994 to the Green Bay Packers that he let a couple Packers sneak through the offensive line and hit Mitchell, who was down 24-0 before breaking his hand and leaving the game.
Brown said this to Ryen Russillo of ESPN's "SVP and Russillo" show:
"We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee. We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and he just stunk up the place. He's throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, 'Glove, that is it.' I said, 'I'm getting him out the game.' ... So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger ... and he came out the game. Dave Krieg came in the game. We ended up losing that game, 27-24."
Note: Brown made a mistake when recalling the game. He's played so many, he gets a pass. The Lions actually lost 38-30, not 27-24 (that was cleared up by The Freep's Kirkland Crawford, whose piece prompted this blog post).
Brown also said that he would purposely play relaxed in an attempt to send a message to his quarterback.
It's safe to say that Brown just didn't get along with Mitchell.
In fact, Brown said so himself: "As you can tell, I'm just not a big fan of Scott Mitchell. He's not on my Christmas list."
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