RB Mikel Leshoure Growing Up

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on June 9, 2011 – 11:35 am

Detroit traded back into the second round to draft Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure.

Here, take a look at videos he created prior to this year’s draft showcasing his life in Champaign, Illinois.

Family life and Growing up in Champaign
The Neighborhood
Prime Soul

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51 Responses to “RB Mikel Leshoure Growing Up”

  1. By Dez on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    It is indeed refreshing to see a young player with such a grounded reality, and raspect for others around him. GO Mikel GO Lions .

  2. By GMoney67 on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    No excuses this year. Our backfield tandem should be 1 of the best in the NFL with Leshoure and Best. 3 dangerous WR’s. The single most awesome D-line in the league. We could own the NFC North this year. Minnesota’s no threat. Chicago is who everyone thought they were; lame. The only real competitor to us should be Green Bay, and we beat them without Stafford and Best. Yeah the DB’s are suspect, but we should be able to nab a decent guy in free agency, whenever that happens. No more excuses.

  3. By Eric on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    I’m more excited to see this kid than I was about Best. But those two together and healthy??? You better shut yo’ mouth!

  4. By dave on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    if we can get a corner and 2 linbackers of quality in free agency i am ready to say look out league the detroit lions are back baby

  5. By Kenny on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    Considering we couldnt run the ball well enough to close out games last year, it is great to have 2 great copmpliments at RB. Best will be great catching the ball out the backfield, and Leshore will be a great 3rd down back. We should be able to control time of possession well this year. And yeah our defensive backs are suspect, but with great pressure on the opponents QB will not get burnt deep like last year. Yeah I will be bold! I will say Lions get at least 10 wins this year, and we will make the playoffs!!! GO LIONS!!!!!

  6. By russ on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    lions in the playoffs there is one guy db alphoso smith he is the key
    if he has a breakout season the lions are in the playoffs 10 and 6

  7. By jeremy on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    imma say 11-5 looking at the schedule i honestly think we can win 11 games…..”if” we can sign a lb and cb to come in and compete for a job…i got faith that schwartz has a few tricks up his sleve for our defence. but i also know that we got some young talented players that could maybe hopefuly take that next step. like aaron berry, maybe coleman comeing in at safety could free up speivey to drop to cb again i like him there, hes not a burner but hes got a solid jam and is a physical presence for a corner, but with the pressure from our line with the massive rotation of talent we have now qbs are gonna be runnin for their lives and throwin some lame ducks out there, and it will make our lbs look better because all the holes are going to be gone all they got to do is clean up the trash and stay healthy….GOOOOO LIONS!!!!!

  8. By Shane fountain on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    @ kenny brother there is nothen bold about 10 wiuns shoot that is expected , i say we go 11 and 5 take second place in the division thios and 1st place next year , but ya ll haters betta watch urselves , cause the honlulu blue and silver is comming for that back side leadin the league in sacks this year and turn overs , and maybe even interceptions so u sissified bears fan can suck it , and minnesota aint nobody no more , LETS GO LIONS MIKEL AND JAHVID IN THE BACK IELD , U GONNA HAVE big play CJ ( megatron ) burleson and titus young , to stretch the field , the number 1 defensive line in the league and that iswhat thery will be and our linebackser get another year better with levy leading that group and our secondary who none of ya ll is goviong enuff credit playof bound …GO LIONS

  9. By Bob on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    11-5 is a pretty hefty order all things considered. Right off the bat we are @tampa, which we had difficulty with last year, not to mention we have a fragile qb coming into a season opener against a strong d-line. Having KC at home is a plus given how bad Arrowhead stadium is. After our bye is where our losses are gonna come. As lousy as chicago is, they get the calls, so that’s still up in the air. Then we’ve got Cam Newton and the panthers…. you know he’s gonna be ready to prove himself after having half the season to prep… then 4 days later we have the defending champs. Don’t get me wrong, I despise the packers, but at the same time we should all respect the skills they posess. You should also remember that last years game meant jack squat to GB, this year it means something. Follow that up with the saints and there is just no way for the lions to get a streak going. We have a lot of young players, yes, but we can’t keep our stars healthy… Stafford needs to attend Peyton Manning’s “how to get hit like a man” seminar. Judge me however you want, but I feel that Drew Stanton could lead this team better than the two alternatives… he just needs more time on the field to build his confidence and timing. His problem is not his skill, but poor decisions instilled upon him by the worst NFL team of this generation. I’m just excited to see the odds of getting hurt as a QB against this rediculous D-line. And I refuse to call them “silver crush” I understand it’s the wrong sport, but I think we should call them “bad boys wear blue”, like thier dirty playing, foul-mouthed basketball counterparts from the 80’s. I’m saying 9-6 with a wildcard, GB wins the division. Let’s keep it real people.

  10. By joshua p on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    i really hope the lions have a good year if they have one at all there dline is amazing leshoures amazing jahvid is amazing and of course the lions recieving core..on defence i hopr linebacker aslee palmer starts and put titus young at kick return i mean logan good but titus is better i think and matthew stanfords a great qb but look into getting terell pryor as a back up

  11. By lionnuts on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with everyone. No excuses. We got KC at home which is good. They are hard to beat at home. The Lions need to finish games! If they play all 4 qtrs and don’t fall off in the second half, we are definatly contenders. It’s time for the Mo-town Mow down! GO LIONS!!!

  12. By DJames on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with everyone for the most part. Although here is a suggestion, being a long time Lion fan living in Tampa, I unfortunately have to listen to local BUCS news. The good news is that there a middle linebacker named RUUD that I’m familiar with. Lets put 2 and 2 together here guys. Hes cheap, sound middle backer with excellent tackling skills and lets not forget our AWESOME D-LINE. With offensive lines not being able to reach second level and block backers, RUUD THE TACKLING MACHINE will be free to roam and do what he does best!! 150 tackles easy!!!!! move LEVY to the outside where he’s comfortable and effective!! DELMAS wont have to break his back to make 90 tackles a season!!! RUUD is looking for a new home, WHY NOT DETROIT?!?!?!??!

  13. By juan on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    i live in MIAMI and im tired of getting laughed at when i say im a LIONS fan.they think im playing around.i be like we gonna woop your team your team and your team.i cant even get LIONS gear around hear.GO LIONS ALL THE WAY.

  14. By Kenny on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    i agree DJames. We need to move Levy to outside. He is a solid tackler with good lateral speed as well. I also like Rudd, he would be a great compliment that woud fit our defensive schemme very well. Although I dont think our defense will be suspect if our offense can eat up some clock, and score some TDs. Our defense spent too much time on the field last year. We also battled through lots of injuries because of that. our offense is key, staying healthy is key!! Cant wait to see how this season pans out! Stop the strike, lets play some ball playas!!!!!!

  15. By myron on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    i agree with everyone two names i will put out there chad greenway fits our defensive scheme to the tee, physical covers the flats and is a tackling machine and he obviously fills his gaps in the run. the next name is jonathon joseph the guy covers his behind off and he is still young 26 resign chris houston joseph and alphonso smith would be deadly with palmer levy and chad greenway at the lbs we would be great another name to watch is stephen tullock from tennessee Go lions

  16. By Ripple R on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, if the Lions remain healthy this season, they will be playoff bound. and perhaps, Super Bowl contenders. To make this dream a reality, we need to give Dre Bly another shot at cornerback, and strongly go after Stephen Tulloch as our linebacker. Bring back Larry Foote to give the team added insurance at the middle linebacker position. In conclusion, the Lions head coach needs to play Shaun Hill immediately when [or if] Stafford is not playing up to par. Waiting too late to sit Stafford down, could shoot our team in the foot again when there are other proven options. Let’s bring back the ROAR! !

  17. By southpawlefty on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone! If our D-Line plays Out Of This World like everyone is saying then they will soon be calling them THE FOURTH KIND D-LINE. I hope all is going to the expectations hyped up to be. If healthy then why not, the talent is actually on both sides of the ball and Matthew Stafford might want to practice 3 second bullet time quick passes to get rid of the ball like it’s hot potato and Stafford may want to practice drills dodging and evading the opposing defenses like he’s playing astroids on an old atari.

  18. By Wichita,Ks#1LionsFan on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply


  19. By Wichita,Ks#1LionsFan on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    Ripple R. Stafford is a top 5 NFL QB! Shaun hill is a great #2, but he cannot carry Staffords jockstrap! There is a reason Mayhew and Schwartz drafted him #1 overall….HE’s A GUNSLINGER! RECOGNIZE!!! We are an up and comming team if Shaun Hill is under center. We are going to the Super Bowl if Stafford is under center! He is the answer! No if ands or buts! And if we get Nnamdi….WE ARE THE NEXT DYNASTY!!! Not Green Bay, not New Orleans, THE MUTHA F***IN’ DETROIT LIONS!!! I am not a guy that thinks every year his team is going to the Super Bowl. I said last year we would win 5-7 games and we won 6. I have been telling anyone who will listen that the Lions are going to shock the world this year and I stand by it. Everyone laughs and makes jokes but I tell them I’ll be the one laughing come February 2012! Take that to the bank! Lions 13-3 next year, winning the division and the Super Bowl!

  20. By Wichita,Ks#1LionsFan on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    What it do Eric?! I know u feel me!

  21. By Corey on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    Lovin’ all the excitement, but I’ve been a Lions fan for 38 years….Superbowl?, really?, I think it will be huge step forward just to make the playoffs. I’m still wondering if Stafford can get through an entire game!, and if he can manage to stay healthy, we should be able to get into the playoffs, but the Superbowl?, that seems a bit overly optimistic, afterall most of the optimism centers around new players that have not played in the NFL. I’d be thrilled just to see the Lions win a playoff game.

  22. By nighttrain1 on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    Stafford is or will be one of the best QB’s if he remain healthy, the D-line should shut everybody down, nobody should be able to run the ball and with constant pressure on their qb teams will have to go to the short passing game which should help the secondary shut that down as well . I see a breakout year for the lions. Going to the BIG DANCE this year is not out of the question

  23. By Wichita,Ks#1LionsFan on Jun 13, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you nighttrain1! Why all the pesemists? WE WERE IN EVERY GAME LAST YEAR! All we need to do is learn how to not put ourselves out of games with penalties, and how to finish. The last 4 games we showed we know how to win. And did so with Hill and Stanton under center. With Stafford under center well be mesurably better. And as for all you Stafford haters, I’ll say this again: He needed surgery his rookie year and opted not to get it. He got the surgery, and he will be fine! Bradford got surgey and started all 16 games last year. And last year we gave up less sacks than the Rams. Stop h8in on Matt. He is our General! Rally behind him, or route for another team!!!

  24. By southpawlefty on Jun 13, 2011 | Reply


  25. By nighttrain1 on Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

    too many people worry about if the lions will make the playoffs and think that the superbowl might be out of reach. Well , let me ask all of you something. Do anybody think the superbowl champion packers think that playing this lions team will be 2 easy wins??? The Lions should have won both games last year not just one. If the champs can”t handle the lions why do you think anybody else can?? The packers scored more points in the superbowl against the steelers that they did in both games combined against the Lions. My question to all of you is, who really should be the champions????

  26. By Latrell James on Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

    Will Stafford be ready? People sure seem to take it for granted that he will recover from 2 throwing shoulder injuries.

  27. By Latrell James on Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

    This young man Mikel L. can’t even keep his pants up! How do you expect him to be a great running back?

  28. By Latrell James on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply


    No he won’t, his pants will fall down before he gets to the line of scrimmage, and he will fall down ! ! !

  29. By southpawlefty on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Free agency, and quality rookie free agency this should work out well for Detroit and the new Stafford looks like he will make a serious run for comeback player of the year as well as a possible coach of the year in the making, GO MOTOR CITY MEAN MACHINES!!!! has a nice ring to it.

  30. By Kenny on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    I cant help but notice how some are overly optimistic, while some are pessimistic. I totally understand, after all we are REAL FANS. We have a great team on paper, however many of our players are unproven. I remember when we had the greatest running back of all time BARRY. I also rremember when our high octane offense kept us in every game only to see a mental mistake by our O-line, or our D-line. I dont care what happened in the past. What was then was then, and what is now is now. I am hyped about our current roster. But like last year, yes we were in every game. BUT WE FOUND A WAY TO BLOW IT IN THE END!!! I am a die hard fan, and love to be optimistic, but we need to also be realistic. These are the Detroit Lions, and they have let me down for 25 years. Im not a hater, just a rememberer. So take that and chew on it! GO LIONS!!!

  31. By southpawlefty on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    THE MOTOR CITY MEAN MACHINES are gonna rock on both sides of the ball GO LIONS ROAR!!!!

  32. By eric on Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    Best was scoring tds at will before the turf toe issues..He is more of a complete runner than he gets credit for..Leshoure should give the running game balance..Keep Mo Morris also..he ran the shit outta the ball last year..seems like he was more consistant than the others..Cant wait for hustle and flow..lets open sum holes for these guys..we get a big year from our backs we should be in the running for a playoff spot..

  33. By DavidJ Detroit on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    I am liking all the buzz about the Lions, and hey I’d be happy with an 8 & 8 season. I don’t think our corners are as bad as they are young. I do think the Linebacker crew needs some help, and there is nothing stopping the D line from being one of the best in the league. Offensively we should be dominant, I would however like to see a couple animals on the O line, because the whole NFC north division has pretty darn good D lines.(just ask Stafford). That is still key to our offensive success is how well they protect the quarterback and open holes for the run. They will overwork and tire out our defense, if they can’t string out some first downs out of 3rd and manageables. I live for the day when all the Detroit Lion haters have to eat their words. Rock on Lions!!!

  34. By Tom on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    The Lions did two thing in this years draft when they acquired Fairley and Leshoure. They improved the run defense and they improved the run offense. Any football fan knows even in today’s pass driven game that if you can control the ground game you can drastically improve your chances of winning. In the NFL you can keep the ball away from your opponent if you have the lead with the running game or get the ball back by stopping your opponents running game. Not to mention Detroit had a good pass rush last season with the front four. Now that should be improved as well. Vandenbosch and Avril should never see a double team with our DT’s. Detroit should be good for at least ten wins or more.

  35. By Dion on Jul 12, 2011 | Reply

    We needed a RB who can run between the tackles. Mike is a great addition to the Lions. The front office has done a great job drafting talent. To say the Lions will have the best backfield remains to be seen. However, the potential is there for something special.

  36. By Del on Jul 12, 2011 | Reply

    I have read all post and I think Kenny has hit a home run. I have rode the Lions roller coaster for over 50 years. It wasn’t just last year the Lions found a way to lose… As with every year I am at the top of positive for the good looking(on paper) team. A winning season would be nice

  37. By shelton on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    I think the lions could be playoff bound once they really address the o-line. Why does Schwartz and others think Backus is good enough to play there? We need to protect Stafford and now is the time for all involved. Great pickups in the drafts recently. A die hard lion fan for life!

  38. By shelton on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Aaron Berry and Alphonso Smith are going to surprise some people! I think Mayhew would have addressed that need with Prince A. if they didnt feel like their corners could be ok. Good pass rush could cure that……

  39. By Wil on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    NY Giants fan here. HUSTLE & FLOW…great name for Lions backfield (which one is which). Lions will be straight scary on defense this year if you guys get just ONE decent LB and ONE deccent CB! Bears got nuthin’ as far as WRs go. Vikes got decent WRs but no one to get the rock to ‘em. Pack is the total package, y’all gotta go hard against them for 2 WHOLE games. Haven’t checked our schedule but if you guys are on it, that’ll be one game where I WON’T be rooting for ya!

  40. By Josh on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    RG is a need. Peterman had to many mistakes there. Your better then that Peterman. TE Petigrew talent but get ur head in all the time same thing. Oh and Stafford is the anwser if hes stays healty. D line=beast mode. Get rid of Peterson for a new LOLB or try out palmer or Carpenter. See how Berry and Miller do at corner with Smith and resign Houston. Get a true number 1 corner. We can make playoffs if Stafford stays up. If not we fail and go 8-8. This team plp is FAIL now if it dont make playoffs. Shot out to Delmas CJ Burleson Sims Raiola all Dline keep ballin. Jim and the rest of coachs thank you for givin me hope in the team i love. ROAR
    PS To Fans in stands. lets get some Defence ROARS out pls. Hit em boys

  41. By Josh on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    Oh and what if we get Durant and Joseph. I cant wait to see the D get the credit they deserver. Hard nose D and pound that ball. Football at its best.
    HIT EM

  42. By G C on Jul 23, 2011 | Reply


  43. By michiganncarolina on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    We need depth at multiple positions!

    Need OT, Guards, Line backers, corners and for god sakes get a new Center.

    Go Lions!

  44. By Jetpack34 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I just read on nfl.com, that the Lions will hang on too Drew Stanton and Dave Rayner, and Bryant Johnson is out. now we need to keep Stefan Logan, I like that dude a lot, and he can run.

  45. By Jake on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sold on us going 11-5. Do I think we’re ready to threaten for Super Bowls? No. I just feel that eventually, things are bound to go our way. We competed in virtually every game last year, and we’re undoubtedly better with HOPEFULLY a healthy Stafford slinging it. I like how our o-line blocked down the stretch last year during our 4 game winning streak, but let’s not forget how woeful they have been and were at times. A lightning/thunder tandem at RB means nothing without some creases to run through.

  46. By Jake on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    There is always room for optimism even in the worst of times. But for once we’re actually headed firmly in the right direction. 8-8 is a must this season, Stafford or not, the d-line on this team should carry us to at least that record itself. If Fairley lives up to his potential, it will be incredibly difficult to move the ball on us, even if our back 7 is weak.

    I’m hoping for a d-line that not only gathers sacks, but also TFLs, FFs, and some fumble-return TDs, much like the Giants seem to do. If the Giants didn’t have the playmakers on their d-line, they’d be a 4-12 team.

  47. By Jake on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply


    Certainly can’t blame you for being somewhat pessimistic. I’ve only been a die-hard fan about 13 years, I just missed out on the Barry era, and I know how every year there is false optimism. But we have had a GM in Mayhew for 2 years who has done wonderfully in free agency and the draft, so there’s no reason to think we’re not going to continue to improve.

    My worst fear, and probably your guys’ too, is another Stafford injury. However, I think if Stafford does get hurt again and prove to be a total bust, there is still hope, because there’s a chance he wasn’t the guy we’re meant to build this thing around. There’s a chance the guy we’re supposed to build something special around is on defense. And that guy goes by the name of Ndamukong Suh.

  48. By rocky on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am just a solid,dedicated long time fan, the names Bret Perriman,Ray Crockett,Hermon Moore,Barry,Billy Sims, is what i Recall growing up. it is darn good this lockout is over, i am excited about what the brass is doing, i think we are heading in the right direction….Godspeed.. and GO LIONS….welcome back…

  49. By T Westside on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    to Corey I know how you feel being a Lions fan for the past 31 or so years.Super bowl sounds steep but why not?When is the last time we REALLY had a team this strong?If we can get 1 or 2 star free agents to fill our team needs and some of the younger players to catch fire this team could go very far.If you look at some of the past super bowl winners there have been quite a few of them that went from being one of the worst to being first.The St Louis Rams a team that was built through the draft.Think about it and you will remember the others.I’ll admit it is hard to get up after what this team has done over the years but I m admittedley VERY EXITED!After all it takes a winning attitude not only on our team but with the fans as well….Also when is the time we had a real qb like Stafford?The health issue is a concern but he has had the surgery and has been hitting the weights so we will see.I live in sec country(unfotunetley)and watched this kids entire career in Georgia and he has what it takes.As long as the Lions don’t ruin him(like others in the past)HE WILL WIN A SUPER BOWL!..So lets all enjoy being Lions fans this year because this is the best team we have had since the early Barry Sanders years(this lifetime Lions fan believes). GO LIONS!!!!!!!!

  50. By Steve Faithful Fan on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been rooting for you guys every year, even when I knew you had no chance,. This year, it is my hope nay my belief something big will happen. GO LIONS

  51. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait for this season!!! Super Bowl here we come! GO LIONS!!!

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