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Some historical perspective on Mayhew

1/19/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew has hardly burst onto the public scene after the Lions gave him a permanent promotion last month, preferring instead to work behind the scenes and keep his thoughts closely guarded.

This is nothing new for Mayhew, writes Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle. In a blog post, Justice recounts his time as a Washington Post beat writer covering Mayhew and the Washington Redskins during the 1990s. There are some nuggets in here that provide some insight into the man in charge of rebuilding the Lions.

I don't want to spoil everything, but here is one anecdote: Mayhew begged Justice not to publicize the fact that he was attending law school at night during the season. He didn't want the Redskins to think he wasn't committed to the team.

This is worth your time on a slow Monday afternoon.