Dan Campbell knew he had a difference maker when he selected Brian Branch in the second round of the NFL Draft, but the Detroit Lions’ head coach now sees he has a marquee superstar in the secondary.
Branch, a University of Alabama alumnus, announced himself to the National Football League in the Lions’ season opener versus the Kansas City Chiefs. He recorded a pass breakup and his first career interception. Branch picked off Patrick Mahomes II and returned it for a 50-yard touchdown, helping Detroit to a 21-20 victory on the road. Campbell believes he has the talented pieces, including Branch, to make the Lions a playoff team. The native Georgian had his jersey featured at the NFL Hall of Fame for his performance. Branch, a former four-star, assisted the Crimson Tide to two SEC Championships and a national championship.
🗣️ New to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
The jersey worn by rookie Brian Branch during the @Lions‘ season-opening win in KC.
In addition to Branch returning an interception for a TD, his jersey also featured the new NFL PREM1ERE jersey patch.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) September 21, 2023
He and the Lions will take on the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.
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