Watch: Former Wolverine Aidan Hutchinson leads Detroit Lions in epic sing-along on HBO’s 'Hard Knocks'

‘Billie Jean is not my lover!’ team sings during first episode

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson celebrates after being selected by the Detroit Lions as the second pick in the NFL football draft Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ANN ARBOR – Most people watch HBO’s “Hard Knocks” for the fly-on-the-wall perspective into the day-to-day operations and experiences of professional football teams.

But viewers got more than that on Tuesday’s season premiere featuring the Detroit Lions when Michigan football alum Aidan Hutchinson led the team in a surprisingly-not-bad rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

In the clip, the rookie is seen snapping his fingers, shuffling along and singing as his teammates look on. At first, you’re thinking, “Where is this going?”

Then the heads start bobbing, the claps get louder, he pulls a fast dance move before the chorus and the whole team goes nuts.

It was pure entertainment gold.

Here’s a reaction from Lions offensive tackle Penei Sewell on Hutchinson’s performance:

Woodward Sports Network tweeted, ”This will be the National Anthem of Detroit if Aidan Hutchinson brings a Super Bowl here! #HardKnocks.”

Let’s hope it comes to that.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.