Notes: Hockenson, Kittle team up in backyard wrestling BBQ commercial

Pride of Detroit

Combine barbecue, backyard wrestling, and two massive tight ends, and what have you got?

A very fun afternoon, I’d say. Detroit Lions’ T.J. Hockenson joined George Kittle in a commercial for Kingsford Hardwood Pellets. Kittle is introduced as The People’s Tight End and hosts some backyard wrestling, aka “the smoke show.”

Hockenson makes an appearance in a—dare I say, iconic—red cowboy jumpsuit, as he helps his friend take on the “competition” in the ring, otherwise known as basic pellets.


Fun, right? Kittle is a proven beast of a tight end. If you’re like me and spend far too much time on social media, you’ve probably noticed Hockenson and Kittle hang out a lot.

Just a couple of guys being dudes. A particularly promising caption from Hockenson: “Surround yourself with people who push you.” Many think he’s poised for a breakout season—let’s hope Kittle rubs off a little on the rising star.

A nice little breather from draftmania, eh?

Onto the rest of your notes.

  • Looking back on grades from draft picks of the Bob Quinn-era:
  • Using Pro Football Reference’s “Approximate Value” system, The Athletic’s Larry Holder tallied how many times a team has actually drafted the “best player available” when their turn came. The Lions…. again, you can see where I’m going here. (Subscription required)
  • The Lions put together a downloadable, comprehensive draft guide featuring information on everything from current roster fun facts to Detroit’s draft history by college.
  • Wholesome content.

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