A three-time Michigan Sportswriter of the Year, Birkett has covered the Lions for the Free Press since August of 2010. He was named one of America's top 10 beat writers by APSE in 2017, is a multi-time Michigan AP Award winner and tied for first place in Best Feature Writing category by the Pro Football Writers of America in 2017. A Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, Birkett previously covered the Lions and Michigan and Michigan State football and basketball for The Oakland Press and AnnArbor.com.
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