By Ashley Dunkak
During Matt Millen’s tenure as president of the Detroit Lions, the team went 31-81. Between 2001 to 2007, the Lions lost 10 games six times. The seventh season, Detroit lost nine.
He had the worst eight-year record in the history of the modern NFL. Four weeks into a season where the team went 0-16, Millen was fired.
Millen appears to be doing better now, as the Walter Camp Foundation has chosen him as its Man of the Year.
Now an ESPN analyst, Millen was a 12-year NFL veteran who won four Super Bowls between time with three different teams. He saw less success in the front office of the Lions.
The award goes to an individual who is in and around the game of football, has been successful in his role, serves the community and maintains a spotless reputation.
Lions fans might never forgive Millen, one of the highest-paid general managers during his tenure, who was known for his unfortunate draft selections — remember Charles Rogers, Joey Harrington, Mike Williams, and Roy Williams?
But most will agree Millen did at least one thing right: He did draft Calvin Johnson.