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David Montgomery says he feels refreshed by greater expectations in Detroit: 'I like to compete'

5/24/2023 8:41:22 PM
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Nobody likes losing. David Montgomery hated it so much, he changed teams.

After four seasons in Chicago, Montgomery walked away from a 25-42 career record with the Bears for a short move from the Windy City to the Motor City, joining the upstart Detroit Lions in a decision most everyone would've deemed inexplicable 24 months earlier. Montgomery had good reasons for his decision, though: He wanted a legitimate chance to win, Nick Shook of reports.

"That's all I was used to," Montgomery said of the Bears' recent struggles during an appearance on the Lions' new gaming and interview series, Lions Gaming. "And it got to a point where it sucked the fun out of the game for me because I'm a competitor. I like to compete. That's what football's about. It's so refreshing to be in a place where that's appreciated."

Yes, you read that correctly. The Lions, known for most of the last half-decade as a team that couldn't get out of its own way, are now seen as a club that appreciates and guarantees competitive football. As the NFL saw in the second half of the 2022 season, Dan Campbell's impact has stretched well beyond the scope of HBO's Hard Knocks cameras.

"My first impressions of meeting and talking to him, he's passionate about the game, bro," Montgomery said of Campbell. "He's a players' coach. You can tell. That was one of the things that brought me here and excited me, too, because I watched the Hard Knocks before I got here. And to see how he was coaching, bro, I was like 'yo, I can play for him.' He makes you want to run through a wall for him."

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