The Rev of Roar is one of the little known characters of the Detroit sports world.
Hopefully that changes soon as he continues his more than two week walk from the Upper Peninsula to Ford Field. Along the way he hopes to raise $500,000 for three non profits.
So far he has raised more than $6,000.
Michael Rollins, AKA Rollo or the Rev of Roar, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the NFL Wounded Warriors Project, Hospice of the Eastern UP and Planet Ant Theater in Hamtramck.
“This project is not just about me,” Rollins said Monday morning. “The effort is in the hands of the fans.”
The Rev of Roar gives passionate and sometimes corny sermons on Lions game days at the Park Bar in downtown Detroit. Hopefully he will be storming across the bar in his Honolulu blue and silver suit if there is an NFL season.
If he returns to the Park Bar, I encourage you to check him out. The sermon begins every Lions home game at noon. Then he leads a group of Lions fans to Ford Field where he watches every game.
In addition to giving sermons he is a musician, actor and all around character. And he loves nothing more than the Detroit Lions.
Right now that is not his main focus. Rollins car broke down in the Upper Peninsula where he attended a fundraiser for the Hospice of Eastern UP. The group raised more than $8,000 during silent auctions. Rollins could not chip in because he needed money to fix his truck.
When he discovered it would take a few weeks to fix the truck Rollins did what most of us would do. He decided to walk 365 miles to Detroit in 90 degree heat from St. Ignace.
Fans can follow his adventures and ramblings each morning during Face Book Live check ins when he can get Internet. Rollins reports that his legs hurt, his back hurts and he has blisters on his feet. However, none of that will stop him.
“I am a fool for love and I am a fool for my Lions,” he said.
He is walking between 23 and 47 miles a day and expects to arrive at Ford Field on Aug. 2. There is no ceremony planned for his arrival, but it would be nice if the Lions and some fans showed up to greet him. Some fans want to toast him with a couple beers at the nearby Elwood.
If you do that I am betting you get a nice impromptu sermon from the reverend.
“I just got to get there,” Rollins said. “I am trying to figure it out as we go.”
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