Michael Brockers on rookie Aidan Hutchinson: ‘He’s a man on a mission’

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As the greybeard on the Detroit Lions roster, veteran defensive end Michael Brockers knows the league and what it takes to succeed quite well. The 31-year-old is liking what he sees so far from No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson on that front.

Brockers held a youth football and cheerleading camp in his home city of Houston over the weekend. He spoke with reporter Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network on a few issues. One of them was the Lions playing hard and being a difficult opponent in 2021 even though they only won three games.

“They knew we coming the whole 60 minutes of the game,” Brockers said with a smile. “That’s what I love about being here (in Detroit), that enthusiasm to be in Detroit, to play for Detroit, to be a Lion.”

He then veered into talking about first-round pick Aidan Hutchinson.

“He is a man on a mission,” Brockers said of his young defensive linemate. “He does everything he’s supposed to do, you don’t even have to tell him. This is him doing a lot of his rookie duties. We didn’t even ask him, he just went and did it. ‘What do you guys need for the (DL) room’ and stuff like that.”

Brockers continued,

“This is a man who thinks ahead. You can respect a guy like that. He has a lot of respect in my book.”

The veteran lineman indicated Hutchinson took care of “food, water and snacks”.

Brockers also had a great message about his mantra of “work while nobody’s watching you”, something that is further proof he’s cut from the same cloth as head coach Dan Campbell and GM Brad Holmes.