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What Detroit Lions scout Roman Phifer did with his 'midlife crisis'

Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down when the Detroit Lions' 2020 schedule and how that sets up for them. Filmed May 7. Detroit Free Press

The minute he walked on the field at Detroit Lions training camp in 2017, Roman Phifer knew.

The music blaring, the players stretching, the buzz in the air as fans milled about, he needed that feeling back in his life.

“There was just something about that, that brings you back,” Phifer said. “That atmosphere, it’s kind of electric. It’s kind of in my blood. It’s what I get to do or what I’ve been.