Former Detroit Lions Visit Clare

CLARE — Local children got the opportunity Saturday to enjoy some fun and games with four former Detroit Lions players.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for new volunteers, and as a way of saying thank you to their current mentors, they brought in some professionals.

The event was also a way to raise money for the program.

The former players included Quarterback Eric Hipple, Kicker Eddie Murray, Lineman Rich Stringer, and Wide Receiver Jeff Chadwick.

“We try to inspire dreams. Providing a child with a mentor, we know that that makes a huge impact on their opportunity to see the world in a different way. Most of these children would never have an opportunity to do something this wonderful,” says Carol Gage, Big Brothers Big Sisters Regional Director.

The former players also offered their thoughts on the current edition of the Detroit Lions.

“They seem to have the talent, they just need maybe the right coach to get them to perform at a higher level, or a more consistent level,” says Jeff Chadwick.

“Stafford is at a level that he can take us to a Super Bowl,” says Eric Hipple, “It’s just making sure that we’ve got the surrounding tools, and I think he’s got those tools now.”

Rich Stringer adds, “It always seems like we’re always looking for that one last piece of the puzzle, but I think we’re getting there.”

“The fan base here is very loyal, and I hope and pray soon that something will happen where the Lions can get themselves to a Super Bowl,” says Eddie Murray.

The Lions’ first preseason game is August 10th against the Oakland Raiders.