Niyo: Marvin Gaye's Lions cameo a golden memory 50 years later

John Niyo
The Detroit News

The memories fade, but the music plays on. So does the laughter all these years later, when you ask Lem Barney to tell a story he has told many times before.

It’s the one about the legendary Marvin Gaye and a football career that never quite got off the ground. The one about a friendship forged between a Motown legend and one of Detroit’s greatest gridiron stars. And specifically, the one about that job interview Gaye finally landed with the Lions, 50 years ago this summer, as he found solace in a time of grief while fulfilling a lifelong dream.

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