Joique Bell hit the Broadway stage with a guest appearance in “Rock of Ages” on Wednesday night wearing tight black leather pants and, from the looks of it, having a blast.
Next morning wearing a suit and tie, the Detroit Lions running back was up bright and early to ring the opening bell for the NASDAQ. His smiling face was on one of the Times Square larger-than-life electric billboards. Later Thursday he hit Super Bowl's radio row where he picked the Seahawks to win on the Jay Mohr radio show.
Bell, who is a restricted free agent, told reporters he'd love to take the next step and sign a long-term contract to stay in Detroit.
It's good to be Joique Bell this week.
He was the toast of New York City in pre-Super Bowl mode along with hundreds of other current and former NFL players.
Bell represents the Lions well.
Still, this is what it's come to year after year after year during Super Bowl week for the Lions and their fans.
— Watch former Lions — this year it's Cliff Avril with Seattle and Paris Lenon with Denver — prepare to play in Sunday's Super Bowl.
— See Warren Sapp's annual rip job on Ndamukong Suh. Ho-hum.
— Watch a retired Lion like Barry Sanders promote Verizon or whoever has paid his way to the Super Bowl city.
— See other NFL players discuss the new Lions' coaching staff. Drew Brees had nothing but good things to say about Joe Lombardi, former Saints quarterbacks coach and new Lions offensive coordinator.
— Remember the two Detroit-hosted Super Bowls: Super Bowl XVI at the Pontiac Silverdome and Super Bowl XL at Ford Field, which at least made the city of Detroit relevant for the biggest NFL week of the year.
The Lions haven't been relevant this late in the season since they won their last championship in 1957.
So many hopes dashed since then. It's been a brutal stretch for Lion's fans.
The Lions are one of just four NFL teams that have never made it to the Super Bowl along with Cleveland, Jacksonville and Houston. That's a pretty sad-sack bunch there.
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Who has the best chance to make it first?
Look at the rosters of the Lions, Browns, Jaguars and Texans.
Without question Detroit has the most talent.
The new coaching staff has solid credentials and a few Super Bowl rings of their own. Jim Caldwell owns a pair while defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi each have one.
But we won't know for another year if they can get the Lions to the point where they can win a playoff game. In the last 55 years they've won just once in the playoffs. Once.
The Super Bowl?
One step at a time.
Paula Pasche covers the Detroit Lions and the NFL for Digital First Media at The Oakland Press in Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche.