An induction into a team's ring of honor, or a league's Hall of Fame or any sort of honorary club is a very special occasion. Upon finding out, the soon-to-be inductee is often overwhelmed with emotion, something that's made even better when the news of the induction is delivered with a little twist.
This was the case for longtime NFL linebacker and current Lions special assistant Chris Spielman, who seemingly was asked to come in and simply record a promo for the festivities at Ford Field the next time that the Lions took the field at home. They're away this week, heading to Los Angeles for a reunion with Matthew Stafford, but will be back to play the Eagles on Halloween.
Little did Spielman know that the focus of those halftime events was, well, him.
"On Sunday, October 31, when we take on the Philadelphia Eagles, we're celebrating the Lions legends community as part of our annual homecoming celebration at Ford Field," Spielman read. "At halftime, we will honor one of the greatest Lions ever. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, he helped the team to four playoff appearances, two NFL Central titles and the birth of the 1992 NFC Championship game...
"What are you guys doing here, man?"
At that point, the surprise became clear: Spielman was reading about himself, and he was immediately overcome with emotion.
In addition to the accolades he read about himself above, Spielman earned an All-Pro nod in 1991, landing on the first team, and is the franchise's all-time leader in career tackles with 1,138. The 19th inductee into the Pride of the Lions, Spielman joins former teammates Barry Sanders, Herman Moore and Jason Hanson among several other franchise icons in the ring of honor.