Backus joins Lions' staff
MAY 29, 2013 8:13a ET
The team announced Tuesday the retired tackle will be a part-time coaching intern that will assist the offensive line this season.
Backus retired in March after missing only one game in his 12-year career.
Detroit selected him from Michigan in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft. He started his first 186 games -- plus one playoff game -- before a hamstring injury forced him to miss last year's Thanksgiving game against Houston.