People in sports: Joseph Fauria
JOSEPH FAURIA: His choreographed end zone dances have earned Fauria fans all over the Internet and even in Hollywood.
That’s not what impresses the Detroit Lions most. They are fondest of how the tall tight end can stretch a defense.
The NFL’s other 31 front offices might be wondering why he wasn’t worth drafting earlier this year.
The 6-foot-7 Fauria had three catches in Sunday’s 31-17 win at Cleveland — all for touchdowns. His second, a 23-yarder from quarterback Matthew Stafford, gave Detroit the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.
The three touchdown catches are the most for a Lions tight end since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
“If he starts to get more attention, somebody has to get less,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. “Generally, that’s Calvin (Johnson) for us. Not many defenses want to do that.”
Fauria, whose uncle, Christian, played tight end for four teams including the Seahawks during a 13-year NFL career, has just seven receptions for 66 yards this season. Five of them have been for touchdowns. He’s scored in each game he has been targeted.
The Associated Press