Niyo: NFL Draft, 'Hard Knocks' to put spotlight on Lions, Detroit

John Niyo
The Detroit News

It’s a hard-knock life, being a Lions fan.  

But after decades of football futility — and too many years as the NFL’s de facto “Mr. Irrelevant” — the Lions are stepping into the limelight, ready or not. And for good measure, they’re bringing the city with them. 

The league made that official Monday at its annual owners' meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., with a double-barrel announcement regarding one of its oldest franchises.