Detroit Lions: Dan Campbell dedicates first win to Oxford community

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It’s been a tumultuous week for the Oxford, Michigan community members. An outcry of support and help has poured in after tragedy struck. Amid all of the emotion from the Detroit Lions‘ first win, head coach Dan Campbell took time to mention the community at the beginning of his presser.

Following the Detroit Lions’ exciting 29-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings from this past Sunday, Campbell took time to acknowledge the victims of the Oxford school shooting as well as mention that this win goes out to them and their community.

His message was clear, those affected are not alone and will not be forgotten. It’s a respectful gesture from the Lions head coach who donned an Oxford hat and shirt when he entered Ford Field on Sunday.

Besides Campbell handing out the game ball and talking about the tragic events from last week and those affected, many Lions were involved. Players spoke about dedicating Sunday’s game to the Oxford community; Lions no. 42 Jalen Elliot wore a “Myre” no.42 to honor victim Tate Myre who was tragically killed in the shooting.

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell dedicated Sunday’s win to the Oxford community.

It’s a true tragedy for everyone within the community which was affected by the actions of 15-year old Ethan Crumbley. The case continues to grow and has new developments; it feels like daily. But the community itself is still on-guard and looking to figure out ways to cope with all of this.

While it may just seem menial, the Detroit Lions’ gestures from players all the way up to Campbell’s post-game presser are just more support for the members of this community. The Lions wanted to ensure that members of this community, those involved in the tragic shooting, and the victims’ families understand that they are not forgotten.

Amid all of the buzz around their first win and all of the excitement, they made it a point to go out and acknowledge a community that is genuinely struggling and needs the help. It was a fantastic touch on top of Sunday’s victory from Campbell and the Lions.

It was nearly a year between Lions victories, one day short; in fact, but the Lions were able to seal the deal and come away victorious. After blowing leads and making it seem like the Lions were going to “Lions” their way to another loss, they were able to piece together a last-second victory.

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The post-game actions and move from Campbell in the presser were classy and something that says a lot about the player the Lions have leading their team.