Gunther Cunningham has talked on multiple occasions about his affection for the City of Detroit since becoming the Lions’ defensive coordinator in 2009.
With the Lions on the cusp of possibly clinching a playoff spot for the first time since 1999 with a win against the Chargers Saturday, Cunningham said Thursday that the Lions owe Detroit that opportunity to celebrate.
“I don’t know if I can talk about that because this city has kind of grown under my skin,” he said.
“It is just the greatest thing that could ever happen to this town. I think one of the things that really upsets me is people don’t know what it is all about here. How beautiful it is and the people are so great. They talk about Detroit like it is old New York. It is not right. We want to prove that point. They call us over aggressive and, yeah, we are. We play for a big reason. We play for this city and for the state.
“I look around and people work for a living here. When I drive in about 4 (a.m), it looks like a traffic jam. I finally figure out where they all go; they go to work. For me, personally, this is real big and real important.”
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