It appears that Momma Hutchinson is back in action, and she might just be the Lions’ lucky charm.
Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson played a crucial role in his team’s thrilling 21-20 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Chiefs, during Thursday’s season opener at Arrowhead Stadium. However, it was his parents who stole the spotlight while they were mic’d up for the game.
Melissa Hutchinson, who caught the attention of fans during the 2022 NFL Draft when the Lions selected her son as the second overall pick, was seen in the stands pulling out a pair of binoculars.
She playfully asked her husband, Chris Hutchinson, about the game, saying, “Big binoculars came out of the bag,” and the couple, wearing matching “Hutch” hats, enthusiastically cheered and clapped.
Melissa, a photographer by profession, attended the Lions’ training camp in July, where she commended her son for his disciplined lifestyle in an Instagram post. She praised Aidan’s dedication, noting that he had taken his already rigorous discipline to another level during the offseason.
Chris Hutchinson, Aidan’s father, was an All-American defensive tackle at the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1992. He played a pivotal role in the Wolverines’ success, contributing to four consecutive Big Ten titles and a victory in the 1993 Rose Bowl. Hutchinson Sr. is also ranked tied for fourth in school history with 11 sacks in the 1992 season and tied for fourth with 24 career sacks.
The Lions’ victory at Arrowhead Stadium marked a memorable night for the Chiefs as well.
In their next game, the Lions will host the Seahawks on September 17, while the Chiefs will visit the Jaguars in Week 2 for a rematch of their divisional playoff game from last year, which saw Kansas City emerge victorious with a score of 27-2.