- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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Good morning and ROOOOAAARRRR!!!!!
Five years ago, he was on the only 0-16 team in NFL history. Now, Cliff Avril wakes up this morning a Super Bowl champion for the first time.
The former Detroit Lions defensive end, whom the team let go to Seattle in free agency after the 2012 season, was dominant in the Seahawks' 43-8 win over Denver. He routinely ran over Broncos right tackle Orlando Franklin and finished with three tackles, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and two passes defended.
While he didn't win the game's MVP award, he did play a crucial role in forcing Peyton Manning into multiple mistakes that led to the Seattle blowout.
“I went from 0-16, and now I’m a champ,” Avril told the Boston Globe. “I got my hat and we are champs, baby. It doesn’t get any better.”
Avril had 20 tackles, eight sacks and a career-high five forced fumbles in the regular season. On Sunday, Sports Illustrated wondered if he should be appreciated more by the NFL.
He chose to go to Seattle after turning down a three-year, $30 million offer after the 2011 season to stay with Detroit. He went into free agency after the 2012 season and ended up with the Seahawks.
That led to a title.
And now a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news.
Players and former coach Jim Schwartz refute some of the claims against Ndamukong Suh. This week's Lions Mailbag. The Lions position outlooks concludes with safeties and special teams. A draft outlook on safeties.
Joe Namath would like Matthew Stafford on his team, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Chris McCosky from the Detroit News has more refuting of the claims Heath Evans made against Suh.
Former Lions center Manny Ramirez made one of the biggest mistakes of his career, writes Kyle Meinke of MLive. And Meinke also writes that while the Seahawks were building a championship with their defense, the Lions keep focusing on their offense.