In a heartfelt column in The Players Tribune, Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone talks about the emotional days after the 34-31 loss to San Fracisco.
First off, he says:
"We were all behind Dan on the 4th down call. Let’s get that out of the way first. If you could rewind time, we’d all do it again. A hundred times out of a hundred."
Then he talks about his son Cooper, 3, asking him a question.
A couple days later, we’re all hanging out in the living room. The whole gang. Cooper just woke up from his nap. I’m holding Carter (his baby daughter) in my arms. My wife is next to me on the couch. Out of the blue, Cooper turns to me and innocently asks, 'Daddy, did you go to the Super Bowl?'
I looked at Lindsey, and I almost lost it. It hits you right in the heart. Everything kind of came back in that moment, you know? I mean the whole journey. Coming here to Detroit because Dan took the coaching job and believed that I could be a leader on our defense. All the heartbreaking losses in 2021, when the world was laughing at us, and Dan was telling us: F the world. It’s about the guys in this room.