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Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown plans to ‘give more’ after contract extension

By meerna Jul11,2024
Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown plans to ‘give more’ after contract extension

Just when you think we’re in the deep, dark abyss that is the NFL offseason, the football gods give you something to think about. And no, I’m not talking about your Netflix box, although our own Max Gerber shared his observations in the show’s first episode.

Instead, I’ll talk about Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown’s appearance on “The Pivot” podcast with former NFL veterans Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.

It’s been a busy offseason for St. Brown, but I don’t think he’s complaining. Earlier this spring, St. Brown signed a massive contract extension with the team that paid him like one of the top wide receivers in the NFL after his incredible year in 2023, which earned him first-team All-Pro honors.

St. Brown would touch on many familiar topics with the trio, including his feelings on draft night, what gives him the edge he has as a competitor, and so on. However, he did share a few new things.

We knew St. Brown was close to both of his parents. With a world champion bodybuilder father and a German mother, St. Brown’s upbringing was probably different from most of the people he grew up with. We’d heard stories about his father driving his three brothers from Orange County to Compton on the weekends, but it was interesting to hear St. Brown talk about how active John was in the boys’ training.

They then talked about Lions coach Dan Campbell’s leadership and how Campbell was the same person when the team was 1-6 at the start of the 2022 season and the same person when the team was playing in 2023.

“No, he never changed,” St. Brown said. “You can ask any player on the team that knows him. He’s the same guy every single day — win, lose, whatever it is. And I would say from my rookie year to now, it’s been the same. He’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around. One of the best coaches.”

That’s a really high mark from a very competitive player. And considering how competitive Campbell is, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he and St. Brown are like two peas in a pod.

They then touched on the well-known story of St. Brown’s draft, as well as St. Brown’s new contract and the rising expectations for the Lions and the city of Detroit.

When Taylor asked St. Brown if he felt any pressure once the ink on his extensions had dried, the answer shouldn’t have surprised anyone.

“I feel like I have to try harder. I don’t know if that’s normal,” the All-Pro receiver said. “I don’t really feel pressure. I don’t feel pressure in life. I just feel like pressure is what you make of it. I feel like I have to try harder because there are more eyes on me now.”

With some players, you might have some worries when they get that second contract and that life-changing money. In St. Brown’s case, I think it’s safe to say those worries can be put aside.

Overall, it was really cool to see St. Brown loosen up a bit and open up. Even if he did bitch a bit about Channing Crowder being old. You can watch the full episode featuring St. Brown here.

By meerna

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