Dan Campbell is genuine. It’s one of his most endearing qualities as head coach. There is no pretense about Campbell, no charade. What you see is who he is, and if you’ve followed the NFL long enough, you know for people in positions of power that isn’t always the case. Campbell isn’t the first NFL coach to get emotional at a postgame news conference, like he did after Sunday’s heartbreaking 19-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. But the fact that he did, that he hurt so publicly for his players and a Detroit Lions organization that had a win wrenched from its grasp for the second time in three weeks, resonated in the locker room and with the fan base.

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