An Obituary for a Man we Analyzed, but will Never Know
As we talk about who the Lions should draft, who other teams are looking, etc. etc. as we close in on the draft, we become removed from the reality of it all. The names becomes stats and highlight clips. Cars, or boats, or pieces in the puzzle that either fit "perfect" with your team, or you can't understand where they would go -- people wondering whether an OT piece, a RB piece, or a Defensive Piece is needed, and presenting arguments, stats, and logic to back up their argument.
But what we forget is that these are not just names -- they are people. Men with parents, siblings, cousins, wives, children -- people like you and me.
We've had lively debates about certain players on this board in regards as to how they would fit in with the Lions, and when would be a good time to take them -- would they fit? What round is value to pick them in? Wait or reach? Can they make it in the NFL? Can they help the team?
Today, I read something that brought back to reality that while we talk about pieces of the puzzle, sometimes, puzzle pieces go away.
I wrote a blog about a young O-Lineman that seemed he would fit in with the Lions, as an example of the talent that was available in later rounds. Wednesday evening, that young man's name was sadly erased from every NFL draft board.
As we go back and forth, looking at who we want the Lions to draft, or who we think they will -- please stop and take a moment of silence and prayer for the man whose life was tragically short - the man who was already drafted by a higher power. And as we continue into April, let us stop and remember that we are talking about people, not puzzles, and afford the proper respect to those we are analyzing as such, along with those who are more than Anonymous, BakerStreet, jreffy, chief, paul, streetworm, jjlions, nobsnubber and others.
Rest in peace, Mr. Benedict. This blog at least will keep you and your family in our memories, and in our prayers.
Joshua W. Pung
aka Detroit Fan 1979.