ESPN's "Elway To Marino" documentary, although insightful and entertaining in its execution, has apparently stirred up some old feelings of resentment toward the Lions, my childhood team growing up in suburban Detroit.
Heading into the 1983 draft, the Lions had significant holes at quarterback, offensive line, receiver, linebacker and tight end probably in that order and opted to take the least desirable path to happiness in Round 1, bypassing Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Darrell Green, Willie Gault, Don Mosebar and Joey Browner ... for the honor of snagging fullback James Jones at No. 13 overall.
In fairness to Jones, he racked up 4,593 total yards and 33 touchdowns rock-solid fantasy numbers in his first four seasons with Detroit, while assuming a greater role in the offense after superstar Billy Sims retired from the game (1980-84).
But that production still doesn't supersede the following creed for which all middling clubs should abide by, especially when holding a top-13 pick ...