ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said he's taking it as a personal challenge to help defensive tackle Nick Fairley turn his life around off the field.
Fairley was arrested twice in less than two months, first for marijuana possession and then for driving under the influence of alcohol and evading police while being clocked at 100 mph. Both of the arrests came while Fairley was back in his hometown of Mobile, Ala. during the offseason.
Cunningham, who has been coaching for 43 years, said he met privately with Fairley, 24, the other day.
"If I have to go see his family, whatever I have to do to get him squared away," Cunningham said. "Some of these kids come from different areas. Theyre not all from Birmingham (Mich.) They come from tough, tough backgrounds.
"As far as Nick is concerned, he knows this is going to be personal between the two of us. I say that like a father.
"He was surprised because I didnt tongue-lash him for two hours, ...