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Lions’ QB area ‘pumped’ as Melissa Gonzalez, David Blough’s wife, heads to Olympics

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David Blough is headed to Detroit Lions coaching camp later this thirty day period. Meanwhile, his spouse, Melissa Gonzalez, will be in Tokyo competing in the Olympics.

Gonzalez certified to symbolize Colombia in the 400-meter hurdles. She retains the nation’s record in the celebration at 55.68 seconds. Gonzalez is a twin citizen with her father born in Colombia and her mother born in the United States.

Quarterbacks report for Lions coaching camp on July 23. The first follow is July 28. Round 1 of the women’s 400 hurdles is slated to operate Saturday, July 31.

“My goal for this Olympics is to get to the remaining,” Gonzalez explained to Chris Burke of The Athletic. “We are going to have three rounds — the initial round of 40, next of possibly 24 and then third round of eight. I am making an attempt to be in the leading 8. Which is my objective for this yr.”

The women’s 400 hurdles final is set to take place Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Blough said Lions head mentor Dan Campbell has been supportive and would try out to ensure the QB could check out his wife run, irrespective of the timing of her heats.

“There is been some enjoyment, person,” Blough reported. “The quarterbacks have been so fantastic encouraging her. [QB coach] Mark Brunell generally asks how she’s performing, what is the update. The quarterbacks have gotten fairly shut, quite quick — it can be a small space, so it would make it uncomplicated. They had been pumped, to say the the very least. The group information was on fire when I permit them know it was official. Dan [Campbell] has been wonderful accommodating us.

“It really is generally exciting when the men figure out my spouse is quicker than me. They love following her. [Receiver] Tom Kennedy has likely viewed as lots of races as anyone. He is one particular of our great close friends.”

In two seasons in Detroit, Blough has designed six appearances, including 5 begins as a rookie in 2019. He famously received the Lions off to a incredibly hot get started in the 2019 Thanksgiving match in opposition to Chicago — like his very first completion heading for a 75-property TD to Kenny Golladay — in advance of Detroit collapsed down the extend. Blough is -5 as a starter.

At coaching camp, Blough is anticipated to fight with Tim Boyle for backup duties behind beginning QB Jared Goff.

Blough will be rooting his spouse on from afar.

“She’ll get to be with other Colombian athletes and you will find American athletes she’ll know,” he informed Burke. “It stinks that we cannot be there to assistance her, but we know she’s in very good hands and she’s going to go and crush it and come back again.

“Which is variety of been the tale of our partnership, lengthy distance. At times, she’s gone for a several months often, I’m long gone for a handful of weeks. We know how each individual other operates. It stinks we can not be there to assistance her, but she knows we are going to all be watching. Carrollton, Texas, will likely have the most significant viewing for the 400 hurdles.”

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