Monday, October 14, 2013
Morning Roar: Jersey-swapping thoughts
By Michael Rothstein
Good morning and ROOOAAARRR!!!!
Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Darius Slay made it clear during the last week to reporters he looks up to Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden.
And on Sunday, the two traded jerseys after the game according to MLive -- at least the second time this season a Lion has done the postgame jersey swap usually reserved for the other sport known worldwide as football. After the Arizona-Detroit game, receiver Calvin Johnson and cornerback Patrick Peterson did the jersey swap.
It is actually kind of a cool thing to do and could be more fun to see athletes do this more often. While in soccer it is more tradition, in American football it appears to be a sign of admiration and respect.
So there should be nothing wrong with it. If anything, it should be encouraged by both players and the league as a way to show good sportsmanship and good competition.
Of course, doing the swap is likely much easier after a win, and Slay -- who ended up playing most of the game after Rashean Mathis left Sunday's 31-17 Lions win with a groin injury in the first half -- was able to have a small bit of bragging rights on that guy he looks up to.
Now he has his jersey as well.
And now a look at Lions coverage from around the Interwebs: