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Jim Schwartz calls Nick Fairley “that big guy that looks like Urkel”

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Thick glasses and a bow tie don’t exactly exude toughness, so when Nick Fairley showed up to the NFL draft looking like a nerd out of central casting, some folks did a double take.

One of those folks was Lions coach Jim Schwartz — but he didn’t see what Fairley was wearing until Detroit already made Fairley its first-round draft pick.

“First, if we had seen what he was wearing . . . with those glasses, we might have passed on him at 13,” Schwartz said. “I got more texts yesterday after we picked him that said, ‘Why did you pick that big guy that looks like Urkel?‘”

Of course, Schwartz also noted that when you’re a 300-pound wrecking machine of a defensive lineman, people are usually not going to call you a nerd to your face.

“Well, none of those people are here, and I think if they were here, none of them would say the same thing, and I know no quarterbacks said that last year,” Schwartz said.

For Lions fans, there’s a sense of excitement about the prospect of pairing Fairley and Ndamukong Suh — enough excitement that no one really cares that Fairley dresses like Urkel. It beats the way things worked during the Matt Millen era, when the Lions drafted guys who played like Urkel.

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41 Responses to “Jim Schwartz calls Nick Fairley “that big guy that looks like Urkel””
  1. ravensfan4life52 says: May 1, 2011 12:47 PM

    this headline made my day. thank you pft

  2. ravensfan4life52 says: May 1, 2011 12:48 PM

    and what’s with all of the hipsters getting drafted this year?

  3. rtl1984 says: May 1, 2011 12:57 PM

    Every fan of the NFC North should be terrified. As a Vikings fan, im not looking forward to see my favorite team playing the Lions D-Line. Especially when it looks like a rookie will be under center.

  4. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says: May 1, 2011 1:02 PM

    Nerds Rule!!!

  5. pacificamjr says: May 1, 2011 1:03 PM

    11-5. SUPERBOWL CHAMPS

    GO LIONS

  6. hobartbaker says: May 1, 2011 1:04 PM

    Wasn’t it Fairley Fat who didn’t care where he was drafted as long as it wasn’t “somewhere cold”. Lol, Karma is that female dog who bites your bubble butt, Auburn cheat.

  7. sdboltaction says: May 1, 2011 1:08 PM

    I can’t wait to watch the Lions defense this year…. sheesh, never thought I’d be saying that….

  8. thefishwrap says: May 1, 2011 1:08 PM

    Funny headline, although it’s not accurate. Schwartz, as it indicates in the body of the story, was quoting others with the Urkel like. The headline makes it sound like Schwartz called him that, but it was someone else.

  9. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 1, 2011 1:12 PM

    The Lions are getting very close to contender status. I really like the makeup of this team.

  10. scudbot says: May 1, 2011 1:17 PM

    rtl1984 says:
    May 1, 2011 12:57 PM
    Every fan of the NFC North should be terrified.

    You’re a Vikings fan. You suffer from a new round of PTSD every season so this sentiment is understandable.

  11. blackbeardk says: May 1, 2011 1:23 PM

    I was thinking he looked like Urkel myself-too funny!

  12. simplesimon1 says: May 1, 2011 1:27 PM

    LOL….. great headline

    As a long time Lions fan I’m so excited to see where Schwartz and Mayhew are taking this team. Great picks. It’s highly over rated by people who think we need CB’s and LB’s so badly. FA will help with any of that. If a QB has no time to throw, and now they won’t, we just need a CB that can play press and cover for about 3 sec’s. And for LB’s, we just need guys that are fast enough to get to the sidelines to cover screen passes and quick shots. Very smart draft this year again.

    And, adding the 3rd WR and second RB was brilliant and addressed two more of the biggest needs, as well as making this offense almost unstoppable, potentially, barring injuries. Going to be fun to watch this year.

  13. clownsfan says: May 1, 2011 1:27 PM

    IMO DET had a phenomenal draft.

  14. phonecops says: May 1, 2011 1:35 PM

    As a Packer fan, I hated this. I was already more afraid of Detroit than either Minnesota or Chicago but now it is worse. These Lions may be good for quite some time. Now how many of us would actually have believed that last statement 2 or 3 years ago.

  15. 90ragtop says: May 1, 2011 1:40 PM

    Pardon us ignorant old folk, but who in the world is Urkel?

  16. scudbot says: May 1, 2011 1:43 PM

    As a Packers fan, I can’t wait to see N’Kong and Urkel on top of Cutler.

  17. nabz034 says: May 1, 2011 1:47 PM

    “It beats the way things worked during the Matt Millen era, when the Lions drafted guys who played like Urkel.”

    Great line, it literrally somes up the Detroit Lions from 2000-2008.

    Now, they will be one of the funner teams to watch in the NFL with all of the talent they have.

  18. shiftyshellshocked says: May 1, 2011 1:57 PM

    this is not good for the nfc north. vikes better beef up the o line quick for our new stud or he’ll be a dud soon. skol.

  19. norcalraider510 says: May 1, 2011 2:13 PM

    the lions d-line will make there DB’s look amazing, Fairley,Suh,and Williams thats just scary

  20. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 1, 2011 2:14 PM

    Anybody else notice that after the Lions took Fairley both the Pack and us Bears took Offensive Linemen right after.

  21. schmitty2 says: May 1, 2011 2:20 PM

    I’m glad to see the Lions improving. They have been one of the leagues laughingstocks for way to long. They are going to be a force to reckon with for many years

  22. bamalion3 says: May 1, 2011 2:23 PM

    I really like the direction of Detroit’s front office. I think Coach Schwartz is the best young coach in the NFL.
    For the first time in quite some time, I believe that the Detroit Lions will be relevant.

  23. bamalion3 says: May 1, 2011 2:29 PM

    I think if we could add Nnamdi Asomugha and perhaps Stephen Tulloch in free agency Detroit becomes a serious contender for the NFC.

  24. dolphins4 says: May 1, 2011 3:07 PM

    Now if the Lions could keep their own QB healthy they could win it all.

  25. pigeonpea says: May 1, 2011 3:13 PM

    I have to admit, I’ll cheer for the Kittens over any other team in the NFC North with the exception of the Pack. Besides, the Pack will still have a guaranteed two wins every season since the Queens took the downward spiral and replaced the Kittens in the basement of the NFC North. Sweep!

  26. rushbacker says: May 1, 2011 3:34 PM

    Hell, I’m not a Lions fan, and I can’t wait to see Suh and Fairley lined up together.

  27. dewalt2990 says: May 1, 2011 3:54 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool, that is awesome…

  28. jaycutlerslagunabeach says: May 1, 2011 4:06 PM

    Does that make Von Miller is Stefan Urkel……

  29. claydefayette says: May 1, 2011 4:27 PM

    Did Fairley say he didn’t want to be in the cold or play in the cold? He’ll be fine. Good luck pouting when you have to deal with Suh and Vanden Bosch every day.

  30. thelomasbrowns says: May 1, 2011 4:51 PM

    Get ready to feed Christian to the Lions!

  31. childressrulz says: May 1, 2011 4:55 PM

    The lions had a good draft. And everybody likes them mostly because it has been years since they were relevant in the North (where the best teams in the NFC reside). I still find it quite hysterical to say they are contenders. I don’t think they can compete for the north…… yet quite honestly. Lets have them make the playoffs before we call them contenders. That said I wish them the best of luck and they could be fun to watch on turkey day FINALLY!

    P.S. I would give them the most improved award if there were something like that given out. Maybe there should be.

  32. sf987 says: May 1, 2011 5:17 PM

    Fairley looked like wheelchair kid from Malcom in the Middle.

  33. stavreafavre says: May 1, 2011 5:18 PM

    From a Packer fan, congrats to the Lion fans. Your team is looking good and you deserve some stuff to cheer about. Lions fans never got on my nerves the way some Bear and Viking fans can. (Have a feeling that may change in the next few years though.)

  34. thekingdp says: May 1, 2011 8:00 PM

    If Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, the Lions are a scary team. On paper, this defense will keep them in a lot of games. When you have dynamic talent on offense like Calvin Johnson & Javid Best paired with a mean front seven on defense, a QB can be the difference between drafting in the top 15 and winning some playoff games.

  35. ryanclark25 says: May 1, 2011 8:31 PM

    I’m sorry but i’m still struggling to get my head around this, if Nick Fairley plays to even half the level we have seen him play at in college, it could quite possibly be illegal how ridiculously terrifying that defensive line is going to be…Hey christian ponder we are taking you 12th overall, you are gonna (unless mcnabb etc trade happens) start from day one, oh and by the way you are going to get the chance to be quite likely brutally assaulted nd potentially murdered twice a year, oh and p.s, we want you to compete with aaron rodgers for a division title while your at it. No pressure buddy :) even as a steeler fan i cannot put into words how much i laughed in a good way when this pick was made. For a sickening second, with their 2nd rounder i saw Bowers was still there and my heart skipped a beat i thought they’d take him just for scwartz and suh’s personal amusement but the leshore pick was also excellent would have been fun to see bowers (if healthy) next to van den bosch suh and fairley. best of luck Detroit well deserved and well overdue.

  36. coolzog says: May 1, 2011 9:18 PM

    Don’t the the Lions get an “A” grade every year from draft pundits? Look how that usually works out…

  37. freedomispopular says: May 1, 2011 9:37 PM

    As long as Stafford can stay healthy, this team looks like it’s got a bright future.

  38. MichaelEdits says: May 1, 2011 10:14 PM

    He should’ve tried for the Dwayne Dibbley look.

  39. rajbais says: May 1, 2011 10:30 PM

    He looks like Carl Winslow in an episode of ‘Family Matters’ where he goes into the transformation chamber and turns into Urkel.

  40. klunge says: May 1, 2011 11:34 PM

    coolzog says:
    May 1, 2011 9:18 PM
    Don’t the the Lions get an “A” grade every year from draft pundits? Look how that usually works out…
    ——————————————–

    You mean how it USED to work out…pundits had to give Millen “A” draft grades because he always picked whoever they suggested to him. Mayhew is getting the grade because he’s drafting ballers, getting them at value pick positions, and getting results on the field to show for it.
    I also couldn’t help but notice PFT readers gave your post a failing grade…alot of classy peeps are posting positive comments even though they are fans of other teams, because they are also just fans of the game of football and give credit where it is due. Seems though that some love it when others are down so they can kick them and be negative. Lions have been down there a while but now you’ll just have to get used to the fact that is changing.

  41. polegojim says: May 1, 2011 11:50 PM

    Urkel in street clothes…..
    Incredible Hulk on the field.

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