Two Lions Rookies Did Something That Hasn’t Happened Since 1952
Bringing back the 1950s may not be a bad thing for the Detroit Lions, whose last title was 1957.
Kerby Joseph And Aidan Hutchinson Both Intercepted Passes Sunday
Rookie defensive back Kerby Joseph and defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson both intercepted passes in Sunday's 15-9 win over the Green Bay Packers, marking the first time two rookies have stolen passes in the same game for the Lions since 1952.
Defensive backs Yale Lary and Jim David picked off passes in that game for the Lions as rookies, and the pair became the backbone of a defense that would win NFL titles in 1952, 1953 and 1957, the last time they ever won the championship.
Hutchinson's goal line thievery also marked only the second time since 1951 that a rookie defensive end had intercepted a pass for the Lions. The last to do so was Ndamukong Suh back in 2010. If it's any indication where Hutchinson is headed, Suh wound up being the NFL's Defensive Rookie Of The Year that season.
Hutchinson was the team's number draft pick in 2022 out of the University of Michigan. it was his first career interception ever, at any level.
Kerby Joseph Had A Breakout Game As A Starting Safety
Joseph, a safety chosen in the third round out of Illinois, was also the first rookie defensive back to pick off two passes in the game since Devon Mitchell performed the feat back in 1986.
- The first Lions safety to record a two-interception game since Louis Delmas in 2013.
- The NFL’s first safety to produce a game with at least 10 combined tackles, three pass defenses and two INTs in a game since Bernard Pollard in 2009.
- The first Lions safety with three pass defenses in a game since Glover Quin in 2014.
- The first rookie safety to produce a game with three PDs and two INTs since Jairus Byrd in 2009.
Joseph ended up having to leave the game early after knocking heads with Jeff Okudah while breaking up a pass in the fourth quarter. He was briefly unconscious and has been put into the NFL's concussion protocol.