Detroit Lions sign pro lacrosse player Tom Kennedy

Detroit Lions sign pro lacrosse player Tom Kennedy

  • Tom Kennedy was a third-round pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft last spring, and now the Detroit Lions are giving him a chance to make the NFL as a wide receiver.
  • The Lions signed Kennedy to a contract Sunday after a successful tryout at this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
  • Kennedy caught 33 passes for 410 yards in seven games with the Bryant University football team last season after spending four years starring on the school’s lacrosse team.
  • In lacrosse, he was an all-Northeast Conference midfielder at Bryant and played six games for the Boston Cannons pro lacrosse team last year, recording one assist.
  • While Kennedy’s path to the NFL is unique, he’s not the first lacrosse player to try his hand at football.
  • Chris Hogan, who played college lacrosse at Penn State and one season of football at Monmouth, played the last three seasons for the New England Patriots before signing a free-agent deal with the Carolina Panthers this offseason.
  • Hey, Detroit Lions fans: We want to hear your stories.