Charles Barkley acknowledges having a ‘man crush’ on Lions Coach Dan Campbell, revealing his deep admiration for him.

Charles Barkley expresses his strong admiration for Detroit Lions Coach Dan Campbell, stating he has developed a ‘man crush’ on him. Barkley’s support for the Lions in the NFL postseason is primarily fueled by his respect for Campbell’s coaching style.

During his CNN show “King Charles” with Gayle King, Barkley shared his newfound affection for the Lions and Campbell with comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who is a Lions fan and Michigan native. Barkley expressed a desire to play under Campbell’s leadership, a sentiment that Key echoed.

Barkley’s affection for Campbell isn’t new. He previously voiced his support for the Lions and his admiration for Campbell before the start of the 2023 season on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

The Lions subsequently had their most successful season since 2014, finishing 12-5. Now, they are set to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game, with a chance to advance to Super Bowl LVIII.

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