MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Detroit Lions may have lost to the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 11, but there was a bright spot.
Lots of people came to Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette to watch the game and celebrate the kickoff of Fox Sports Detroit's Football Week in Michigan.
Lions great Herman Moore was in attendance, talking with fans and signing autographs, as well as former Michigan player Mike Martin and Michigan State player Gregory Jones. It's all to promote a great week of football coming up from Nov. 17 to 25. From high school championships and all-star games all the way to college and the pros, Football Week in Michigan will highlight 19 games across the state.
"It feels great to be up here in Marquette. I don't get out here that often but when I do it's always a blast. And then having the opportunity to do this for the second time - last year was my first time doing Football Week in Michigan - and celebrating our sport that everyone loves and doing it around so many communities," explains legendary wide receiver Herman Moore.
"It's really important for us to be part of this because we know how important football is. Football brings people together, and it's something Greg and I always talk about. Him being a Michigan State guy and me being a Michigan guy, it's the perfect example of family, because despite our opposition for teams, we get along and we're brothers and that's just what it is, so it's a lot of fun to be able to travel around and talk football with people," says Mike Martin.
At each stop of the tour, Moore, Martin and Jones, along with the rest of the Fox Sports Detroit crew, will also get involved with the community. Sunday, the group started at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, where they visited with the residents who previously served for our country, a very special tribute on Veteran's Day.
"I thought it was just so cool that they were so gracious that we were there, but at the same time we were gracious for the service that they provided for us for so long ago. We got to hear their old stories and be able to talk with them, and laugh and share some jokes and memories. It was just awesome. But to go around the state of Michigan promoting Football Week right now has just been really really awesome and it's important because we get the youth involved, as well as everyone else also so it's been really really cool," Gregory Jones says.
One of the big initiatives on the tour is Kroger's Zero Hunger, Zero Waste, which promotes giving back to those in need, and will be highlighted on some of the other tour stop.
The Football Week in Michigan Bus Tour continues all week from Nov. 12 to 16, and will include stops in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Bay City, and Royal Oak. For more information on the tour, you can visit www.foxsportsdetroit.com.
"As we go on and start high up here in the state in the U.P. in Marquette, and start the tour for Football Week in Michigan, there's a lot we're going to be doing along the way. There's going to be some things we're going to walk away from feeling really good about the contribution, but it's special because we get to touch so many lives. We're doing it with a tremendous sponsor in Kroger and also with Fox, having the opportunity for us to go out and do this means a lot. We're touching a lot of people in the communities and I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of smiling faces and making some people happy," says Moore.