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.

38 responses to “Lions bring in Matt Millen’s son-in-law

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

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    BS

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

    Good luck, brave American soldier.

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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!!!

  8. Good luck to Mooney and thanks for your service.

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

  9. “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.”

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    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.

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

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

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

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    +1

  13. schmitty2 says:
    I hope he is better at evaluating son-in-law talent than he is at football talent
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    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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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!

  18. 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
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    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:)

  19. 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.

  20. “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”.

  21. 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.

  22. 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)

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