Kyle Van Noy Reveals He Wasn't Pleased With Trade to Patriots When it Happened

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03:  Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots reacts after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There's no other way to describe Kyle Van Noy's tenure with the Detroit Lions other than calling it an abject failure.

A second-round pick, No. 40 overall in the 2014 NFL draft, Van Noy accumulated just 36 tackles in 30 games. Upon being traded to the New England Patriots, however, he emerged as a key component of a defense that has won two Super Bowls in three years.

Believe it or not, Van Noy was originally not pleased with departing the Lions, who have been a clown show ever since Bobby Layne was traded, for one of the best organizations in football.

Why, you ask? Overcrowding.

"I was mad because I felt like finally I’d got a breakthrough [in Detroit]," Van Noy said. "I’m finally starting. I had my chance. I was doing good things. I wasn’t doing amazing, but I felt like I was progressing and then I got traded to a team that had, (Rob) Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Jamie Collins, (Dont’a) Hightower, Shea McClellin. Where am I going to fit? I felt like I was going back to the bench."

Like he always does, Bill Belichick managed to see the talent in the former BYU star, and made him his starting outside linebacker.

Since then Van Noy has become one of the best at his position and a two-time champion. I bet he doesn't mind being traded now.