ALLEN PARK It was pure Michigan at training camp today.
Two of Michigans higher profile citizens -- actor Jeff Daniels and former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr -- were on hand to watch the Lions go through their paces.
Daniels, wearing a golf shirt with a Detroit Tigers logo, is a long-time Lions fan and met coach Jim Schwartz for the first time.
Daniels, who lives in Chelsea, is probably a bigger deal in New York than he is here. Hes currently starring in the play God of Carnage which just won a Tony Award for best play. Theyre on break and hell go back Labor Day and it will continue through the middle of December. Daniels said he hopes to get to a Lions game once he gets returns to Michigan in December.
He compared God of Carnage to being the Super Bowl of Broadway because its sold out nightly. Daniels also said the economy has definitely hurt Broadway attendance overall.
Carr watched the entire practice in the presence of Tom Lewand, team president, who is a Michigan alum. Carr could also be seen chatting briefly with rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Carr was visiting a few of his former players including Larry Foote and Jon Jansen, two of the newest Lions.
Anytime I see coach, anytime he says anything positive it raises my spirits. The same thing happened in college. Any time he said, We need you to do something better I was crushed, Jansen said. I respect him so much and what hes done and what he still does. Hes like a father figure to me. Its always good to see him.
Carr and Daniels know each other. Daniels said they both have places on the same lake.