According to the Detroit News, Lions’ DE Willie Young told reporters:
“This is the part nobody sees; they don’t understand this kind of stuff.”
Courtesy of NFL.com, you can view the “part nobody sees” here. That’s a picture of the middle finger that Willie Young cut to the bone three weeks ago while making a tackle on Green Bay running back James Starks. The cut was so deep that Young suffered nerve damage to his finger. In spite of that, Young has not missed any games or practice time since sustaining the injury. In fact, Young was so determined to play that he considered cutting his entire finger off like 49ers great Ronnie Lott:
“Two weeks ago I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s get rid of it,'” he said. “But it’s a little better now, so maybe I will keep it.”
Impressive. It’s just too bad that the Lions haven’t been able to find that kind of resolve in their eight losses this season, all of which have come by ten points or less.