Wil Fleming is a former professional football player with over 500 tackles and 11 interceptions during his NFL career. He played college ball at Western Michigan University where he was named first team All-MAC twice. After retirement from the game, he became a coach and worked as an analyst for several sports networks including ESPN. He currently works as a sideline reporter for the Detroit Lions.
He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kristin. They have two children together: a son, Tanner (born December 8th, 2013) and a daughter, Ella Grace (bought her first pair of shoes when she turned five).
In addition to his work with the Lions, Fleming is also a commentator for various events. He has been a guest on several radio shows and television programs. His most recent appearances include appearances on Fox Sports Radio’s “The Herd” show, Sirius XM’s “NFL Insiders”, NBC Sports Network’s “Pro Football Talk”, CBS Sports Network’s “Insider College Basketball,” TBS’ “College Hoops Live,” FOX College Sports’ “Fox College Sunday” and Westwood One’s “Monday Night Countdown”. In 2016, he was named one of the “30 Most Connected People in Sports” by Athlon Sports.
After an injury-riddled rookie season, he established himself as the team’s starting strong safety in his second year, making two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 66 tackles. He was also part of a defense that allowed a record-low total of 1,311 passing yards in a 16-game season. In 2006, he was part of a defense that set a new record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game season (165), and also helped his team reach Super Bowl XL, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After the Super Bowl loss, he became the starter at free safety in 2007, recording 90 tackles and 2.5 sacks on defense, while also leading the league with six interceptions. He was chosen for the Pro Bowl in 2007. He started the 2008 season on a strong note, notching three interceptions in the first four games of the season. On December 30, 2008, he received a six-year, $42 million contract extension from the Lions.
He was released by the team on March 13, 2013.
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