The story behind the tragedy
Jeff Komlo was just one of many forgettable Lions quarterbacks over the years. But his life ended tragically on March 14 in a traffic accident in Greece. The 52-year-old former NFL quarterback was a fugitive from the United States because he was facing sentencing for two drunk driving convictions.
L. Jon Wertheim, who was interviewed by WJRs Frank Beckmann on Wednesday, saw the headline, then followed it up and wrote a lengthy story about Komlo which is featured in this weeks Sports Illustrated.
Komlo was a ninth-round Lions draft pick in 1979 and played three seasons with the Lions. Due to injuries to starter Gary Danielson and backup Joe Reed, Komlo started the 1979 season.