ALLEN PARK — Jack Fox lived in Matt Prater’s basement earlier this year, and now he’s a Pro Bowler.

Fox wasn’t even a lock to be Detroit’s leading punter, heading for a training camp battle with former Aussie rules pro Arryn Siposs. Fox emerged victorious but didn’t feel like a roster lock before coming out of the team’s first four games and goodbye. Fox has been money from the start, becoming the first punter in franchise history to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. He did it in his first four games in the NFL.

“I haven’t really had time to think about it, like the Pro Bowl and all those accolades,” Fox said. “I kind of focused on one day at a time. One game at a time, I was really trying not to get cut after that first game. At the same time, like me and Arryn, we both know that we are both very talented and had the potential to do very well this year, both of us. I don’t think it was outside the realm of possibility. It’s just something I didn’t really think about at the time.

“I kind of started the season thinking that the first four weeks are almost like pre-season for me, kind of a demonstration of what I can do. I think once you get to the bye week and that we had four good games with our punt unit, I felt more comfortable. It was kind of the moment where I kind of took another step mentally.

Fox said he lived in Prater’s basement for about two months during the summer. He said the veteran Lions kicker was serious about his Madden and the two played each other after practice. It’s worth noting because of how virtual and cues Madden was in this season’s COVID-altered Pro Bowl.

The Lions freshman punter was one of three players to make the NFC roster through Detroit, joining center Frank Ragnow and tight end TJ Hockenson. The list selections were compiled through a combination of votes from fans, players and coaches.

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Fox is the third punter in Lions history to make the Pro Bowl, and the first since Jim Arnold did so in 1988. He is averaging 45.3 net yards per punt, allowing him to break Sam Martin’s franchise record. Fox said he was proud of the pursuit of that record and “it’s my favorite stat for the punt just because it’s a team stat.”

It’s worth noting that it’s been a busy week for Fox, which found out its special teams coordinator was fired in the same phone call he found out he was a Pro Bowler.

“It was an interesting phone call. He (interim Lions coach Darrell Bevell) obviously told me about Brayden and then he kept congratulating me on the Pro Bowl,” Fox said of the call. “I just thought to myself that he was really proud of me, and I was excited about that. Everything I was, I guess I was kind of in shock about it all. The two sides of this one. I’m just excited to still be here and going to the Pro Bowl.

Brayden Coombs was fired due to a fake punt call in Detroit’s resounding loss at Tennessee. Bevell agreed that it would be accurate to say that Coombs called the fake against his will and that he “not knowing what was going on led to bad things”.

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Fox said he didn’t know the fake release call was rogue until he found out Coombs was fired on Monday. The freshman bettor didn’t see a fake call and just assumed it was an ordinary decision to leave the bettor in the dark to sell the straight shot.

“I mean, we work on counterfeits every week. We have several different ones. It kind of depends on what kind of look we get,” Fox said. “We don’t necessarily list the bettor. They don’t necessarily have to tell the punter every time we fake it, so sometimes it’s called in the field, and you get like a go-ahead or whatever, however, that’s fine. I thought nothing of it. I just thought maybe we got the look and called the fake. Honestly, I thought we had it on the pitch, so I was excited when I saw it happen.