I've been a Detroit Lions fan for as long as I can remember. When I was really little I didn't pay that much attention to what was going on, but I knew that Barry Sanders was really good and he was a lot of fun to watch as he'd weave in and out of traffic and make defenders miss at every turn. I knew that they were on every Sunday and the rest of the country made fun of them because they weren't very good and I knew if I wanted to be a part of the conversation at the dinner table with my brother, aunt and grandpa, I had to know about the Lions.

I had gone to a game in 1996 with my entire family. It was in the Pontiac Silverdome against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lions won and Sanders had a great game. But I was eight and that was 20 years ago. While I still remember the experience and it helped shaped me into the Lions fan I am, it wasn't until I got older that I really started to understand the sport and my favorite franchise.

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