At a memorial service for Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski, who died this week at age 51, Lions President Tom Lewand said the team will recognize Kowalski by naming the press lounge in the team’s facility after him, by making donations to his favorite charities, and by starting a journalism scholarship in his name.
“If each one of us could be as good at our jobs as Tom was his, this would be a much better world,” Lewand said, “and I can guarantee you we wouldn’t have been 0-16 at some point.”
Lewand said the sports journalism scholarship in Kowalski’s name will allow the team to pick one intern each summer “and send him or her back to journalism school with a little extra money in his or her pocket to make sure that they have the opportunity to try to become the next sheep dog to keep us all in line and bash us over the head.”
There’s no word on the Lions having any plans to wear a patch honoring Kowalski, as some fans have suggested.
Kowalski covered the Lions for virtually his entire adult life with the Oakland Press, Booth Newspapers and MLive.com.