Ed Note: With Election Day just under two weeks away, we want to fully prepare you for the most important race of 2012. No, not that Presidential thing or whatever it is, AA's Decision 2012! Besides, whoever your candidate of choice is, we can all agree Craig James is worse. But, is the Senator-to-be a strong enough candidate for AA's Mount Rushmore to hold off the challenges of Skip Bayless, Matt Millen, and Chris Berman? With such a tough vote on the horizon, we asked some influential bloggers from around the sports world to give an endorsement for their candidate of choice and reasons why you should vote for them November 6th to be immortalized on AA's Mount Rushmore. Today, Josh Zerkle, Bleacher Report's Lead National NFL Writer, commemorates our current runaway Pammies leader - Matt Millen.
Matt Millen is worthless. But you knew this already.
You probably also knew that Millen was one of the finest linebackers that the NFL had in the 1980s, and if you didn't, his four Super Bowl rings would serve as a suitable annotation for his career on the field. Off the field, however, was a different story.
You surely also know that Millen left the Redskins to join the CBS broadcast team in 1992, a tough decision for the 34-year-old that many believed could have played a thirteenth NFL season. But Millen was good in front of the camera, he brought a candid style and concise delivery to the booth, and later the studio.
But Millen would make another tough decision in 2001 when he was offered the job of CEO (and de facto GM) by the Detroit Lions. Millen, with no ties to the Detroit area and no front office experience, accepted.
What followed in Detroit was an era of ineptitude, an absolute dark age, even for one of four NFL franchises that has never been to a Super Bowl. How such a constellation of failure aligned itself is anyone's guess. For seven years this was endured, and only in 2008 would Millen be eventually relieved of his duties. The Lions faithful, who would watch their team complete only the second winless season in NFL history, were also relieved.
Millen seemed to forget his Motor City malaise almost instantly (as did the rest of network television) and would find himself back in the studio in January. In his first appearance back, he publicly assumed responsibility for his front office failure, overseeing a team that didn't have a single winning season under his watch. And then he went back to calling games as if nothing had ever happened.
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