Foote, Jansen bring U-M attitude
For years there has never been much of a University of Michigan connection with the Detroit Lions. It changed a bit when tackle Jeff Backus was drafted in 2001. It has taken a huge leap this offseason with the signings of 29-year-old middle linebacker Larry Foote and, most recently, the signing of free agent right tackle Jon Jansen who is 33.
Foote and Jansen former Wolverines will provide a more physical presence which is exactly what the Lions need, coming off a 0-16 season.
But perhaps they can bring more to the table.
Foote was on the Pittsburghs Super Bowl championship team when they won it all at Ford Field a few years back.
Jansen, who grew up in Clawson, was shocked when he was cut by the Washington Redskins where he had been a mainstay until a series of injuries kept him off the field in recent seasons.
Foote and Jansen bring more than size, they know what it takes to win. Theyre respected for their accomplishments and signing with the Lions seemed to be a priority for each of them.
Perhaps they can help shake off the losing mentality that has invaded the Lions. Not only will they bring experience from the Steelers and Redskins, but also from Michigan where winning is not an option, its the only thing.