Ah, memories. I recently wrote this article about some of Dan Campbell’s most hilarious quotes, and it reminded me of the time that he wanted a pet lion. Yes, an actually pet lion for the Lions’ practice! Dan Campbell pet lion talk is real.
“Pet lion” is not really a phrase that works. I mean, you can have a lion, but you can’t really call it a pet. Pets are cats or dogs, not friggin’ lions.
Dan Campbell Pet Lion Talk
The quote came back in 2021. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to do it, but I would love to literally just have a pet lion,” Campbell said on Pardon My Take. “Just a legit pet lion on a chain, a big ass chain, and he really is my pet. We just walk around the building, we go out to practice, we’re at 7-on-7, we’re behind the kicker when he’s kicking.” That is one crazy idea. I’m not sure how much motivation it would have brought to the team, but hey, I give Dan points for creativity.
So, did he ever get his lions for the Detroit Lions practices? I don’t think so. How would that even work? I can’t imagine. But, he can take the team to the Detroit Zoo to check out some real pet lions.