Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia before Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Uncovering the unique things that make celebrities special is one of the more entertaining aspects of covering sports. Speaking of which, new Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia opened up about one of his off-field passions, which many of us can certainly identify with. He’s a self-proclaimed “huge” fan of the “Star Wars” universe.

Speaking with Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Patricia said the first thing he wants to do when he gets some down time is, “sit down in a giant room all by myself and watch ‘Star Wars.'”

“I still have a Millennium Falcon up in my room at my parents house,” he said. “This is major for me.”

His son discovered Patricia’s vintage collection as a youngster, sparking a fun moment between the two.

“Dominic was like 4 or 5 when he found them,” Patricia said, referring to his son. “So here he is running around my parents house with all my ‘Star Wars’ figures from the ’70s. I still have the vintage ones, you know. And I was running right behind him, and it was just like the most bizarre thing.”

Patricia said he saw the original “Star Wars” back in 1977 and was spellbound. He said he’s not been able to see “Rogue One” and “The Last Jedi” because they are being released right during peak NFL season.

“These things come out in December,” he said. “They’re killing me, because I can’t go. I just want to go sit by myself and watch this. I want to dial in.”

For the sake of the Lions and their fans, let’s hope Patricia continues to be stymied by the December release dates.

He’s been tasked with resurrecting a franchise that hasn’t seen much success in the past the early-1990s. The last playoff game the Lions won came all the way back in 1991 when Barry Sanders was still toting the rock and making defenders look silly.

Needless to say, Patricia has his hands full.

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Hal Griffin
1931–1936
George "Potsy" Clark
1937–1938
Earl "Dutch" Clark
1939
Gus Henderson
1940
George "Potsy" Clark
1941–1942
Bill Edwards
1942
John Karcis
1943–1947
Gus Dorais
1948–1950
Bo McMillin
1951–1956
Buddy Parker
1957–1964
George Wilson
1965–1966
Harry Gilmer
1967–1972
Joe Schmidt
1973
Don McCafferty
1974–1976
Rick Forzano
1976–1977
Tommy Hudspeth
1978–1984
Monte Clark
1985–1988
Darryl Rogers
1988–1996
Wayne Fontes
1997–2000
Bobby Ross
2000
Gary Moeller
2001–2002
Marty Mornhinweg
2003–2005
Steve Mariucci
2005
Dick Jauron
2006–2008
Rod Marinelli
2009–2013
Jim Schwartz
2014–
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