Michigan football alum Aidan Hutchinson part of another epic turnaround

Former Michigan football player Aidan Hutchinson was part of another huge turnaround with the Detroit Lions.

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Aidan Hutchinson knows a thing or two about winning championships in places that haven't won for a long time. With Michigan football, Hutchinson was a monster, particularly during the 2021 season when he finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

Hutchinson had some epic moments as Michigan football won its first Big Ten championship in 17 years that season, while also defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time since 2011. Hutch had two sacks in that game of C.J. Stroud.

After that, the Michigan football legend stayed close to home for his NFL career as he was drafted second overall by Detroit in the 2022 NFL draft.

During his first two seasons with the Lions, Hutchinson has 16 sacks and four interceptions, which makes him the only player in NFL history to do that. Hutch even picked off Aaron Rodgers last season as the Lions swept the Packers.

The win last January in Green Bay was a sign of things to come for the Detroit Lions, who hadn't won a division championship since 1993 -- since the days of Barry Sanders. But if you've got Aidan Hutchinson on your team, championship droughts tend to end.

And following a 30-24 win by the Lions over the Vikings on Christmas Day, Detroit cliched its first division title since 1993. Detroit is tied for second in the NFC standings right now and could have a shot to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Regardless of how the season ends, Detroit will host its first playoff game since January of 1994. It's been 30 years and it's fitting that a Michigan man helped Detroit finally end the drought.