As Tim Twentyman said in his story announcing the release of Kyle Vanden Bosch, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was waiting for the veteran defensive end at the moment the proverbial gong went off signaling the start of 2010 free agency.
Vanden Bosch made an immediate impact on and off the field, starting 43 total games for the franchise and accruing 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in three seasons.
His best year with the Lions was the team’s playoff season in 2011 when he finished with 8.0 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Vanden Bosch’s teammates reacted to the transaction on Twitter:
DE Cliff Avril (@cliffavril): “Heard they just release the one guy that took me under his wing, a great teammate, a great person, my brother KVB…”
LB Stephen Tulloch (@stephentulloch): “I’ve had the honor to have played with Kyle Vanden Bosch for 6 years.He’s a true workhorse.KVB is the example of what being Pro is all about”
DT Sammie Hill (@sammoi91): “They jus let go the heart and soul of the best dline in NFL, been a honor and privilege to play with the greatest leader in my career.”
DT Andre Fluellen (@afluellen96): “Kvb is the best pro I’ve ever been around.”
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