In 2008, Detroit's auto industry sought emergency assistance from Washington. Unemployment skyrocketed. The population plummeted. And, on top of that, the Lions became the first NFL team to finish a regular season 0-16.
Times are still tough in the Motor City. But in spite of that, the citizenry remains one of the proudest in all of America. And their unwavering love for their pro football team is finally paying off. Through five weeks, the Lions are undefeated and on a mission to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
The NFL Season: A Biography presented by SAP continues with a two-part story about a fan base's devotion to its team, the passion of its players, and a city running better because of it.
Detroiters define what their football team means to the blue-collar community, and, in turn, the Lions show how much they value the support of their loyal fans.