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Louis Delmas starring in Detroit’s version of “Wild Kingdom”


Football players are just like the rest of us, with packed schedules, high-pressure jobs, and the kind of small day-to-day nuisances that can become big deals if allowed to grow.

Why just this week, Lions safety Louis Delmas had to give up his pet alligator Mojo, which had grown to six feet long.

That gator ate my refrigerator dry,” Delmas joked, via Justin Rogers of

This whole thing started when former teammate Ernie Sims gave Delmas an alligator egg. And it did what alligator eggs do — hatched and grew into an alligator.

Of course, having what amounts to a small dinosaur wandering around one’s basement presents other challenges, especially if you have a roommate.

“I told him I couldn’t stay there with the gator there, so he had to make some adjustments for the New York City kid,” new wide receiver Kevin Ogletree said.

Delmas laughed and said Ogletree wouldn’t even approach the basement if he knew the alligator was down there (which makes Ogletree the brains of this operation).

“I wish he would have come down there and put his hand in there,” Delmas said. “He’ll be all right. He’s Ogletree. He’ll catch with one hand.”

A local pet store is housing the beast at the moment, which is probably good news for everyone, especially the roommate who doesn’t want to rely on one-handed catches the rest of his career.

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9 Responses to “Louis Delmas starring in Detroit’s version of “Wild Kingdom””
  1. aimpai says: Oct 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    Don’t know where this one handed catch thing came from… Ogletree struggles enough to catch it with 2 hands

  2. brasho says: Oct 25, 2013 10:45 AM

    Funny, Ogletree couldn’t catch a football with 3 hands in Tampa.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 25, 2013 10:47 AM

    It can’t possibly be legal to have a six-foot alligator in your basement.

  4. ingraven says: Oct 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    Good article with good humor, and actually quite interesting. Thanks.

  5. earfsten7 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:54 AM

    Words cannot describe how bizarre this story is.

  6. tsaroffootball says: Oct 25, 2013 10:54 AM

    Delmas is lucky he didn’t end up like Chubbs in Happy Gilmore…

  7. kriswd40 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    Couldn’t he just flush the alligator down the toilet and into the sewer like a normal person?

  8. pilonflats says: Oct 25, 2013 11:47 AM

    I feel bad for the alligator. imagine having delmas as a roommate!

  9. godofwine330 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    Alligators make pretty boring pets. They aren’t that active and they lay around much of the day doing nothing not even moving. People get them because they think it will be fun watching them eat – which it is, but then they are only active for an hour out of the day. Glad he gave it up.

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