Before making his first career NFL start, Detroit Lions first-round draft pick Eric Ebron will kick off Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race by giving the command to start engines.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Ebron attended the University of North Carolina, but has never been to a NASCAR race before, but will serve as the grand marshal for the Quicken Loans 400.
"I am excited," Ebron said. "I’ve never been to a race before, and being new to the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan, it’s an honor. I know NASCAR has a lot of ties to North Carolina, so I’m proud to represent my hometown of Greensboro, my university and the Detroit Lions."
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During his college career, Ebron set UNC records for single-season receptions, single-season receiving yards, career receptions and career receiving yards. He also holds the ACC record for his 895 receiving yards in 2013.