Thursday, June 11, 2020

Visit Columbia High School with Detroit defensive end Trey Flowers

Posted Jun 10, 2020

Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers knocks the football away from New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones during an NFL game on Oct. 27, 2019, at Ford Field in Detroit.Leon Halip/Getty Images

During a normal offseason, defensive end Trey Flowers might be at the Detroit Lions’ minicamp around this time of year. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL teams have conducted their offseason programs online.

That has kept Flowers at home, and he toured his alma mater, Columbia High School in Huntsville, for the Lions’ official website.

“To see the joy on people’s faces that they’re still looking up to you and to see that they cherish those memories as well,” Flowers said about visiting his old school, “it makes me feel good just to kind of be a part of and be somebody they look up to, and they understand I was in their shoes not too long ago. He had a dream, he chased it, he worked hard at it and he stayed focused, so it just reminds me of the grind, reminds me to continue to push toward being the best me I can be.”

Flowers earned All-State recognition at Columbia in 2009 and 2010. He and Josh Machlin are the only players in the Eagles’ history to earn first-team All-State football honors.
Flowers also played on back-to-back area championship teams in basketball, and the 2010 team went to the AHSAA Class 4A Final Four.
After playing at Arkansas, Flowers entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection of the New England Patriots in the 2015 draft. He played in only one game during his rookie season. Injuries reduced his chances to contribute, and Flowers finally went on the injured reserve list on Dec. 1, 2015, with shoulder and knee ailments.
For the next three seasons, Flowers led the Patriots in sacks and played in the Super Bowl, winning two NFL championships.
Last year, Flowers joined the Lions in free agency for a five-year, $90 million contract that included $40 million guaranteed at signing.

In his first season with Detroit, Flowers made 51 tackles, recorded seven sacks, registered 21 quarterback hits and forced two fumbles while playing 705 defensive snaps in 15 games.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

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