Detroit legend Eminem to appear on next week’s Hard Knocks finale

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Shady’s back … tell a friend.

The Motor City’s own Marshall Mathers, better known by his stage name Eminem and anarchic alter ego Slim Shady, will appear on next week’s episode of Hard Knocks, making a cameo at Lions training camp. The 15-time Grammy winner of “Lose Yourself” fame has long been a supporter of Detroit’s local teams, recently designing a custom Pistons jersey for Mitchell and Ness. He’s also staged concerts at Comerica Park and was present for the opening of Little Caesars Arena in 2018.

Eminem coheadlined halftime of Super Bowl LVI this past February, appearing with labelmates Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. The winning quarterback, ironically, was Matthew Stafford, who, prior to joining the Rams, had spent his first 12 seasons in Detroit. Snoop Dogg, who was also part of this year’s halftime festivities at SoFi Stadium, took the stage with Eminem at last weekend’s MTV’s Video Music Awards in Newark, performing their new collaboration “From the D to the LBC.”

With anticipation building for Tuesday night’s finale on HBO, Tony Garcia of the Detroit Free Press lamented not getting a chance to meet Eminem in person, expressing his disappointment that the Lions hosted him without media present.

Mingling with players after practice, the 8 Mile rapper seemed eager to take the field, volunteering to play wherever the Lions needed him. Turning 50 next month, the 5’8” Mathers is much better suited for the recording studio than the gridiron, though you have to admire his confidence.

After going 1-2 in preseason play with a win over Indianapolis and losses to Pittsburgh and Atlanta, the Lions will host the Eagles in their season opener September 11th at Ford Field.

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