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Lions bring in Matt Millen’s son-in-law

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Matt Millen may be the least popular man in Detroit, but his family is still welcome.

The Lions have scheduled a workout with Collin Mooney, a former Army running back who is married to Millen’s daughter. Mooney is currently stationed as a First Lieutenant at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, but he has completed the mandatory two years of active duty service since graduating from West Point in 2009 and is permitted to leave Fort Sill if the Lions offer him a contract.

“I’ve been waiting for two years now to get that call,” Mooney told the Detroit News. “I’m very excited about it and I’m very appreciative that they’re giving me the opportunity. I just want to get in there and play a football game and see if I can make the team. If it doesn’t work out with Detroit, hopefully this is a jumping point.”

Mooney played at Army with Millen’s son, Marcus Millen, and Marcus introduced him to his sister, Michalyn Millen. Mooney says his father-in-law, who ran the Lions’ front office from 2001 to 2008, has helped him stay ready in case an NFL team calls.

“He’s given me plenty of advice,” Mooney said of Matt Millen. “He was in the league for 13 years and he knows the business. He’s got a lot of great advice he’s given me. He told me what I needed to do going into camp and the way to give myself the best opportunity to stick around. He’s helped me out a lot.”

Mooney is West Point’s all-time single-season rushing leader with 1,339 yards in 2008. Mooney was a college teammate of current Lions linebacker Caleb Campbell.

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38 Responses to “Lions bring in Matt Millen’s son-in-law”
  1. m2karateman says: Aug 10, 2011 2:31 PM

    Guilty by association…..

  2. bozosforall says: Aug 10, 2011 2:34 PM

    m2karateman says:
    Aug 10, 2011 2:31 PM
    Guilty by association…..

    __
    BS

    The man served his country honorably, so cut him some slack, you effing loser.

    Good luck, brave American soldier.

  3. terrellochouno says: Aug 10, 2011 2:37 PM

    “He was in the league for 13 years and he knows the business.”

    ________________________________

    This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read on here.

  4. lionfan419 says: Aug 10, 2011 2:41 PM

    hey i am proud he served the country, but as a life long Lions fan just hearing that name or having taht family in the stands, for some reason just rubbs me the wrong way.

  5. tombradysponytail says: Aug 10, 2011 2:45 PM

    It’s his SON-IN-LAW, not his son. Cut the guy some slack. And besides, Millen was a fine player, although I think I might have heard a rumor that he was only so-so as a GM…

  6. brasho says: Aug 10, 2011 2:52 PM

    What’s up with all the alliteration in these names? Makes me almost as ill as a Lions fan during Millen’s reign of failure.

    Matt Millen
    Michalyn Millen
    Marcus Millen

    I’m sure Mooney wouldn’t have gotten permission from the elder Millen to marry his daughter had his last name been “Smith”.

    That’s the way it is with the Millen household. All first names have to start with “M” and all 1st round selections have to be wide receivers.

  7. rdeez says: Aug 10, 2011 2:54 PM

    “He’s got a lot of great advice he’s given me.”

    I really hope this guy is doing the OPPOSITE of anything Millen says.

  8. motorcitykitties says: Aug 10, 2011 2:58 PM

    If he’s anything like Millen then cut him immediately

  9. rajbais says: Aug 10, 2011 2:59 PM

    The national media doesn’t care because Millen is great to have a beer with and a “splendid” broadcaster, even though his best days are 10 years behind him!!!

  10. thetechnocrat says: Aug 10, 2011 3:00 PM

    Good luck to Mooney and thanks for your service.

    Michalyn Millen?
    Man, he can’t even pick a good name…or spell.

  11. lionsfaninthe505 says: Aug 10, 2011 3:05 PM

    Hate hearing even the mention of the “M” word prior to the start of a potentially good season in Detroit…

  12. mpjets says: Aug 10, 2011 3:06 PM

    remember when millen drafted charles rogers over andre johnson? wow.

  13. slizzyslizz says: Aug 10, 2011 3:16 PM

    “He’s given me plenty of advice,” Mooney said of Matt Millen. “He was in the league for 13 years and he knows the business. He’s got a lot of great advice he’s given me. He told me what I needed to do going into camp and the way to give myself the best opportunity to stick around. He’s helped me out a lot.”

    —————

    I hope that advice went on deaf ears b/c all of the guys from the Millen era have pretty much been flushed out of the NFL.

    And Lions fans, don’t give me Calvin Johnson as the one pick…please. That was the obvious pick & only pick.

  14. staff2cj4td says: Aug 10, 2011 3:17 PM

    remember Millen brought us Calvin Johson and Cliff Avril!!

    thanks for those 2 small things Matt, screw you for everything else!!

    but, this kid didn’t run our team in to the ground, give him a fair shot like anyone else deserves!!

    and who gives a damn about the last name, if the names were Peyton Millen, Drew Millen, Nnamdi Millen or Darrell Millen, I don’t think anyone would have a problem!!

  15. h8dansnyder says: Aug 10, 2011 3:26 PM

    Millen must have some amazing dirt on the Ford family.

  16. mdnittlion says: Aug 10, 2011 3:27 PM

    Glad the military finally changed the rule about academy graduates. I guess someone at ESPN better tell Mark May the academy guys are playing hard so they can get NFL contracts someday.

    On a side note a buddy of mine got screwed yrs ago, when he was in the service and was offered a tryout for the Jets & Bills, but the military wouldn’t let him go. And he had a lot of school records for a defensive player from a small I-AA college. I guess the Army doesn’t mine if it’s officers and not enlisted.

  17. trickbunny says: Aug 10, 2011 3:39 PM

    Gluttons for punishment.

  18. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 10, 2011 3:40 PM

    terrellochouno says:
    Aug 10, 2011 2:37 PM
    “He was in the league for 13 years and he knows the business.”

    ________________________________

    This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read on here.

    ———————————–

    +1

  19. schmitty2 says: Aug 10, 2011 3:43 PM

    I hope he is better at evaluating son-in-law talent than he is at football talent

  20. klunge says: Aug 10, 2011 3:52 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    I hope he is better at evaluating son-in-law talent than he is at football talent
    ———————————————–
    Yeah, because girls these days are careful to select only guys their father would approve of!

    Anyways if she’s anything like her old man, she deliberately ignored any advice on picking a good mate, just like he ignored his coaches and scouts when drafting.

  21. lionfan419 says: Aug 10, 2011 3:58 PM

    remember when the reporter ask Marinelli about his daughter . classic

  22. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 10, 2011 4:03 PM

    What does nepotism mean?

  23. peanutbutter&jelly says: Aug 10, 2011 4:04 PM

    i’m sure matt millen did give him good advice because matt was a good player. it’s a good thing his son in law didn’t apply to be the g.m. then the advice wouldn’t be so good

  24. polegojim says: Aug 10, 2011 4:17 PM

    Thanks MD Smith – you just made my stomach turn.

    Matt Millen… man… I thought we were THROUGH with MM pics.

    Please get a pick of the son in law quickly.

  25. blackngold4life says: Aug 10, 2011 4:21 PM

    Never heard of this dude..Lol Millen runs the Lions in the ground for 7 years and this is how he repays them? bring in the son in law?

  26. honolulubluekoolaid says: Aug 10, 2011 4:31 PM

    Sure why not give him a try, he had some impressive stats at army. But, I am a little Leary of what this ” advice” was.

  27. cmutimmah says: Aug 10, 2011 4:36 PM

    My comments keeps getting removed…

    Well, us here in Detroit feel like Matt Millen “Invaded” all of our daughters, so it’s only fitting that we hire someone that’s “Invading” his!

    Go Lions!

  28. frankdatank23 says: Aug 10, 2011 4:39 PM

    hey beavis, he said colon mooney, uh huhuh

  29. jimmysee says: Aug 10, 2011 4:46 PM

    The fact that Matt never tried to sign him must be seen as a GOOD sign.

  30. suggsbradycrowder says: Aug 10, 2011 5:11 PM

    Why! Mamma Why!!!

  31. jenniferxxx says: Aug 10, 2011 5:24 PM

    Can’t write this stuff.

  32. schmitty2 says: Aug 10, 2011 5:34 PM

    klunge says:
    Aug 10, 2011 3:52 PM
    schmitty2 says:
    I hope he is better at evaluating son-in-law talent than he is at football talent
    ———————————————–
    Yeah, because girls these days are careful to select only guys their father would approve of!

    Anyways if she’s anything like her old man, she deliberately ignored any advice on picking a good mate, just like he ignored his coaches and scouts when drafting

    Well said:)

  33. jackfnburton says: Aug 10, 2011 6:04 PM

    Well there’s no better place to kick off your career than…oh…forget it. I can’t even do it. It’s too easy.

  34. axespray says: Aug 10, 2011 6:05 PM

    “although I think I might have heard a rumor that he was only so-so as a GM…”

    Yeah, legend has it the guy is the one behind the lions having the worst decade of any football franchise and the leading cause of suicides for Lion’s fans …..

    0-16….. ….that’s “So-So”.

  35. granadafan says: Aug 10, 2011 6:39 PM

    So, it’s not PC to boo someone associated with Matt Millen in Detroit because he served in the Army? Damn, tough dilemna. Anyways, good luck to the kid and hope he makes it in the league opening some holes up for Jahvid Best.

  36. dewalt2990 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:46 AM

    I hope he’s good, and the Lions found a diamond in the rough….but he’s not signed yet…by tomorrow, we’ll know if he makes the tryout squad or not.(his workout is today, PFT doesnt tell you that, dunno why)

  37. mack2x says: Aug 11, 2011 12:52 PM

    thetechnocrat says:
    Good luck to Mooney and thanks for your service.

    Michalyn Millen?
    Man, he can’t even pick a good name…or spell.
    ——
    She must take after her Mother, Can’t blame the kid for marrying her! Niccce.

    http://katytimes.com/social/article_b4cfdb27-f625-5a47-9563-b6da05c3e2af.html

  38. ocdn says: Aug 11, 2011 6:33 PM

    you’ve gotta be kidding me.

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