Notes: Lions with links to Nigeria celebrate Independence Day


Did you know that the African nation of Nigeria is the most populous country on this continent from afar? Part of a young and vibrant West Africa, it’s no surprise that such a large pool of talent has trained some of the world’s best athletes, including a number of players to Detroit Lions 2021.

Today was the 61st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, and the special occasion was celebrated by Lions and their Nigerian-born players in a fun and cool way.

What better way to celebrate than with great food? The Okwara family had teammates Jashon Cornell, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Amani Oruwariye, Da’shawn Hand and Levi Onwuzurike for a traditional Nigerian meal. In a fantastic video narrated by Melda Okwara (mom of brothers rushing for passes) we see some really great connections between the guys and daddy’s jokes:

I feel a little bad for Jeff Okudah, born in Nigeria, who does not appear in the video and probably missed what it looks like an amazing dinner. Now let’s move on to the rest of today’s notes:

  • Lions related content on the NFL Network tonight:
  • Athletic’s Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke took to the gang to see how the Lions attempt to unlock the potential of D’Andre Swift (subscription required).
  • Justin Rogers at the Detroit News wrote about the guy who currently holds Don Muhlbach’s former job, Scott Daly. Although the story is behind a pay wall, Rogers tweeted some really interesting tidbits from the article:
  • On the team’s official website, a video has been released for Dannie Rogers’ Week 4 episode of his ongoing series The Sideline.
  • We know that no one needs Following reasons to love Frank Ragnow, but here’s another one anyway. In case you missed this segment of last week’s match broadcast, it is relevant today:


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