Dan Campbell’s Totally Weird Request Denied by the NFL
Dan Campbell is a likeable dude. He just seems like someone you’d want to have a beer with on a Friday night. With his happy-go-lucky attitude comes some quirks, too. What’s funny is that Dan Campbell’s totally weird request was denied by the NFL, according to a recent interview.
The news comes from an interview Campbell recently did with Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take.” Getting ready for the much-buzzed about season, Campbell opened up about his time with the Lions so far. He also brought up a request.
During that podcast interview, he talked about how he really wanted to have a live lion at Lions practices to motivate the team. But, NFL didn’t come through. He first asked for the Lions when he started as head coach before the start of the 2020 season. He even said team owner Sheila Hamp Ford was on board with his request.
“Sheila, she had no problem with it, but the league apparently frowns on those types of things,” he said, also saying that adding that he doesn’t blame NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the denial. He also talked about wanting to win a Super Bowl. Regarding the Lion and Goodell’s decision, he said, “I’m not gonna point out Roger on this. I’m just gonna say the league frowns on that, let’s just say that.”
Back when Campbell first publicly brought up the pet lion in May 2021, he said it probably wouldn’t happen. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to do it, but I would love to literally just have a pet lion,” he said at the time. “Just a legit pet lion on a chain, a big-a– chain, and he really is my pet.” He added that, “The problem is I don’t know if PETA’s going to allow that, though. It’s gonna be hard.” He also, at the time, said he would take great care of it. He said it would be fed, petted and manicured. Wow!