Allen Park — Kevin Strong is still smiling. He really hasn't stopped since making the Detroit Lions roster as an undrafted free agent this weekend. Well, except for those few minutes when he shared the accomplishment with his parents.
Strong didn't want to share the news until he had both of his parents in front of the camera, and even then, he wanted to build anticipation. Knowing his mother could read him like a book, he pretended to be in a bad mood when she answered the phone.
"I played like I was so angry," Strong said. "I had to walk off camera for a second because I started laughing for a second."
Finally, Strong broke and told mom and dad he had bucked the odds, earning a spot on Detroit's 53-man roster. As you might imagine, both were thrilled, but Strong was particularly happy with his father's reaction.
Strong's dad, Kevin Strong Sr., has stage 4 lung cancer and has been a source of motivation for his son through the process.
"He's shows his emotion, but he's (usually) more laid back and chill," Strong said. "To see him jump up and jump around, that was amazing. I knew that I truly brought happiness to him."
Strong's parents, who live outside of Houston and attended Detroit's joint practices with the Texans last month, told the Detroit News they intend to make the trip to Phoenix to see the Lions open the season against the Cardinals this Sunday.