The tributes have poured in all morning long, from listeners, from friends, from colleagues new and old. A little after 8, Lions head coach Matt Patricia was on the other end of the line. Such was the impact of Jamie Samuelsen, who passed away on Saturday after a 19-month battle with colon cancer.
"I just want to call in and say how sad and sorry I am," Patricia said. "I wasn’t really aware of his condition until last week, and then this terrible news came so quickly right after. Just really hit me hard. Jamie’s just an amazing person. I had the fortunate blessing to have a couple in-person interactions with him and a couple in a private setting in training camp. Just a larger-than-life personality, just a genuine, wonderful, wonderful guy. Obviously your heart just aches for his wife and for his children and for their family, so just wanted to call in."
Patricia has been a periodic guest on the Jamie and Stoney Show since his arrival in Detroit in 2018. Like all of us, he came to admire Jamie quickly. He commended Stoney for broadcasting Monday morning through the pain.
"My relationship with you and the tremendous amount of respect that I have for you guys, I know the media community is hurting," Patricia said. "I know how hard it is for you to get back on and go today and how brave that is of you to be able to do that, and I appreciate that, too. But for a guy from a California who had such an impact here in Detroit, just shows you what an unbelievable person that he was."
"His message is something that we have to push on, the colonoscopy test is something that people don’t like to talk about," Patricia said. "But just personally having a lot of people that have been impacted by that type of cancer, we just have to urge everybody to be safe and to go out and make sure that everyone’s OK. But just wanted to call in. My heart really hurt when I heard the news. It was just so quick, but what an amazing guy."
It says a lot about Patricia that he called in Monday, of his own accord. The Lions actually reached out Saturday night, shortly after Jamie's passing, to propose the idea. It