After calling his termination as radio analyst of the Detroit Lions “classless,” saying he was “blindsided” by the decision over the summer, Jim Brandstatter doesn’t seem to be upset with the franchise.
This past Sunday, the Lions invited Brandstatter to their week 5 home game against the Green Bay Packers, to which their former broadcaster accepted.
“Great day yesterday…invited to Lions game by team president Rod Wood, got to visit with Mrs. Ford, great lady, Lions won. And was presented a very nice game ball. Really nice! Thanks Rod…Thank you Mrs. Ford.” Brandstatter tweeted on Monday along with pictures of him in a suite with the Ford family.
According to the Lions, they had no say in Brandstatter’s dismissal from the radio job he held for 31 years. While the decision was ultimately made by the Lions flagship radio station, WJR 760AM, there still seemed be tension between Brandstatter and the franchise. By inviting and honoring Brandstatter on Sunday, the Lions did a good job in easing the matter with an iconic broadcaster.
Brandstatter was replaced by former NFL offensive lineman, Lomas Brown. In a classy move over the summer, Brandstatter called Brown after he was hired to offer words of encouragement.
Brandstatter continues to serve as the radio voice for Michigan football, a position he’s held since 2013 after working as the color analyst since the mid-80s. Brandstatter played offensive tackle for Michigan football from 1969-72.