Offensive lineman T.J. Lang was released by the Detroit Lions on Friday.
The Lions leadership released the following statement announcing the decision:
We would like to personally thank T.J. Lang for his two seasons with the Lions. He represented everything you could want from a football player and team captain. We all publicly saw him perform on the field at a very high level, but what was seen in the building every day was a player who had great leadership, professionalism and passion for the game of football. It meant a lot for T.J. to play in his home city and we have the utmost respect for him as a man. We wish T.J. and his family all the best in the future.
Shortly after being released from the team, the star offensive lineman put out a statement expressing his appreciation and encouraging fans to stick with the team. (RELATED: Detroit Lions Should Trade For Josh Rosen If He’s Only Worth A Third Round Pick)
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) March 8, 2019
I thought he’d anchor the offensive line for Matthew Stafford as we fought and clawed our way to a championship. Obviously, that didn’t occur.
Welcome to the tough world of the NFL.
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I hope Lang has a good future ahead of him with a different team. He’s a legit dude, and I want nothing but the best for him.
It’s a damn shame it didn’t go as well as we had hoped with the Lions. Now, let’s crack a beer and pour one out for him.