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Detroit Lions Notes, Quotes 2009-05-01

Detroit Lions Notes, Quotes 2009-05-01
--Stillman defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill, a fourth-round pick, once helped pull a man out of a burning building. Hill was driving some teammates home after a film session in August 2007 when he spotted a house fire. He turned around to see if anyone needed help. A woman standing outside said her father was in the house. The players took off their shirts, put them over their faces, held onto each other and dragged the man out.

"Honestly, I was scared," said Hill, who is listed at 6-4, 330 pounds. "I was the biggest one out of everybody. I probably was the most scared one. But I just felt like if I was in that situation, where I needed somebody to help my mom and dad, I would want them to do it. That's more what I was thinking about."

--Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy, a third-round pick, had surgery on a staph infection and cyst on his lower back during his senior year of high school - and played a football game that night.

"They just closed it up that day, so it was, like, leaking a little bit," Levy said. "I had a patch over it. It was bleeding a little. It was kind of nasty, when I think back on it. But you don't really think about that when you're on the field."

--Penn State wide receiver/return man Derrick Williams, a third-round pick, was doing a media conference call right after he was drafted when his phone buzzed. It was Lions wide receiver Bryant Johnson. Again. "That's Bryant texting me," Williams said. "He's texting me left and right now. He says, 'Don't worry. I got you.'" Johnson, a fellow Nittany Lion, is one of Williams' mentors. Both are from the Baltimore/Washington area. They met when Johnson was a senior and Williams was being recruited, and they grew close the following year. They often work out together.

--Texas Christian running back Aaron Brown wasn't surprised when the Lions drafted him in the sixth round Sunday. Although he wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, he performed well at his pro day and caught the

attention of the Lions, who invited him to team headquarters for a visit. He met with running backs coach Sam Gash and others. "Out of all my visits, they made me feel a lot more welcome than a lot of guys have," said Brown, who will return for rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday. "I felt just really good about my experience there."

Brown has a history of injuries and off-field issues. He was suspended for all but one game his senior year of high school for a graffiti incident. He said it was "just some stupid stuff ... to intimidate the incoming freshmen." He served a three-game suspension his senior year of college for violating school policy. "They asked me about it, and I told them the truth," Brown said of the Lions. "I've learned my lesson. ... That's really not me."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Obviously the reason we selected Delmas ahead of Rey is we had Delmas rated higher on our board." -- Coach Jim Schwartz, on why the Lions passed on Southern Cal linebacker Rey Maualuga at No. 33 for Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas. Many analysts had Maualuga going to the Lions at No. 20.

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Added: May 1, 2009

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