By: Will Burchfield
The Lions parted ways with DeAndre Levy on Thursday, but his love for the organization remains strong.
Shortly after being released, the former second-team All-Pro linebacker posted a farewell note on Instagram thanking the Lions, his teammates and his fans for their support over his eight-year career in Detroit.
He also managed to slip in a jab at the NFL’s officiating crew.
Man, it's been a great 8 years. The last 2 have been tough personally, but I wouldn't have made it without being around a group of teammates I enjoy being around and want to give my all for. Being a Lion has been tough but rewarding and I'm forever grateful to have been able to spend the last 8 here in Detroit. The last second wins, the heartbreaking losses, the up and down seasons, Gridiron's touchdown song, regime changes, questionable officiating (understatement), all were apart of shaping this amazing experience here. There's not a sports city more deserving of a championship. Thank you, Detroit. Peace ✌🏽✌🏽
After signing a four-year, $33 million extension with the Lions in August of 2015, Levy was limited to just seven games over the ensuing two seasons. His uncertain future, it’s fair to assume, played a big role in the team’s decision to release him.
A Wisconsin product, Levy was the Lions’ third-round pick in the 2009 draft. He came to be a prominent figure off the field for his community outreach, particularly in fighting domestic violence.
In a statement following Levy’s release, general manager Bob Quinn said, “On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to thank DeAndre for his many contributions to the Detroit Lions over the past eight seasons.
“While he excelled as a player during his time with us, DeAndre also had a genuine desire to make a difference off the field, investing a lot of his time and resources in social causes throughout the Detroit community.
“We wish DeAndre the very best in all his future endeavors.”
Judging by his farewell, Levy feels the same way about the Lions and the city of Detroit.