If you come at the Lang, you best not miss.
T.J. Lang spent the weekend with his family in Orlando for the 2018 Pro Bowl. He played in about half of the snaps during the game, in which the AFC defeated the NFC, 24-23.
Lang didn’t really do anything noteworthy during the game—linemen are playing at about half-speed during the all-star game—but it was his postgame performance that was legendary. It all started when former Packers teammate Tom Crabtree tweeted this:
Taking my son to the #ProBowl in Orlando tomorrow.— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) January 28, 2018
We need to make a sign for @TJLang70.
What should it say?
#Packers #Lions #NFC #friendship
That led to a ton of Packers fans in T.J. Lang’s mentions, and to be fair, most of them were complimentary. However, things quickly spiraled into a heated debate between Lions and Packers fans about Lang’s value in free agency. As typical with the internet, things got stupid.
First, the Lions fan:
“Packers should’ve paid up” thanks for giving him to the Lions, Ted.— Brad (@WafflesandSoles) January 28, 2018
Then the bitter Packers fan:
LOL, $10M per year is "giving him to the Lions". How many games did he miss this year again?— Marc Holloway (@holloway_marc) January 29, 2018
Mind you, all of these replies are showing up in T.J. Lang’s Twitter notifications. So Lang decided to put an end to it, with authority.
Missed 8 games in 9 years shove it up your ass loser. https://t.co/vXqZcsYIzr— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) January 29, 2018
And Lang’s teammates were eating it up:
that’s why you’re the best!!!— Jared Abbrederis (@abbrecadabra) January 29, 2018
. He told you— Tavon Wilson (@tavonwilson) January 29, 2018
While three of Lang’s eight career missed games were lost this season, playing in 13 of 16 games is well above average in the NFL. In fact, Lang’s replacement in Green Bay—former Pro Bowler Jahri Evans—missed two games of his own in 2017. And when you look the quality of play between the two, there really is no comparison. According to Pro Football Focus, Lang ranked 14th overall among guards, while Evans was 30th.
So let this be a lesson to all of you Packers fans out there: If you come at T.J. Lang, and have the audacity to tag him in your Tweet, prepare to be destroyed.