ALLEN PARK, Mich. — A busload of police officers who visited the practice of Detroit Lions were given a warm welcome Monday, with players paying tribute to their work.
"They come out here, and they're excited, obviously, to high-five us, and get autographs, wide receiver Nate Burleson told WXYZ. "But they do a more important job than what we do."
Although football stars may get more acclaim than police, officers appreciated the team's support. Detroit Police Inspector Charles Wilson said it was great to see the players appreciate what police do every day.
Lions guard Rob Sims, whose father was in law enforcement and suffered a fatal heart attack on duty six years ago, especially felt the impact of the visit. He encouraged his teammates to shake the officers' hands.
"Our guys go out to do their job, they got a chance to pull a hamstring," Head coach Jim Schwartz told the station. "Those guys put their lives on the line every day they go to work. We got a lot of respect for that."