T.J. Hockenson: Every Lions player is rooting for Matthew Stafford to win a ring

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford requested and received a trade this offseason, wanting to win a ring and thinking it wasn’t going to happen in Detroit. His old teammates completely supported him.

That’s the word from Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson, who said every single teammate understood where Stafford was coming from with his trade request and is hoping to see him win it all with the Rams.

“There’s not a guy in our locker room that’s not rooting for that guy to get a ring. I mean, all of us loved him,” Hockenson said on the Bussin’ With The Boys podcast, via MLive.com.

Hockenson said he’s never had a teammate better than Stafford.

“He is probably the best dude, the best player I’ve ever been around,” Hockenson said. “Everybody on our team respected that guy. Like everybody loved him. He will forever put a stamp on my career and in the city of Detroit. He’s, I mean, he was, like I said, one of the best — the best player I’ve ever.”

If Lions players are rooting for Stafford’s Rams to win the Super Bowl, that would suggest Lions players recognize they’re not going to be contenders this year. And they’re probably right, which is why Stafford wanted to go to a team with a better chance of winning it all.

10 responses to “T.J. Hockenson: Every Lions player is rooting for Matthew Stafford to win a ring

  1. If Stafford is the best player you’ve ever played with, you’ve played with some really bad players.

  2. I know it’s standard for you to take little shots at Detroit but I’m pretty sure it’s possible to both want Stafford to win a ring and still have expectations of winning one themselves. In fact I’m positive of that

  3. “Take shots at Detroit.”

    As a Detroit fan, we’re 2-3 years away from competing for a playoff spot, let alone a ring.
    We need to fill ENTIRE positions at LB, WR, and DL. You could add QB to this list also, because Goff isn’t the long term answer. That all cannot be done in the next calendar year. So, just enjoy the tank this year, it should have started last year honestly. They should have fired Quinn a year earlier, and we’d been in a much better place, but once again, the Fords waited too long to move on from a GM.

  4. He is not the first teammate to say this of Stafford so it must have some traction. Then you look at Wentz who all his teammates couldnt stand for being a snob.

    Good luck Matt! You sound like a stand up guy to your team.

  5. So Crates says:
    March 4, 2021 at 9:15 am
    “Take shots at Detroit.”

    As a Detroit fan, we’re 2-3 years away from competing for a playoff spot, let alone a ring.
    We need to fill ENTIRE positions at LB, WR, and DL. You could add QB to this list also, because Goff isn’t the long term answer. That all cannot be done in the next calendar year. So, just enjoy the tank this year, it should have started last year honestly. They should have fired Quinn a year earlier, and we’d been in a much better place, but once again, the Fords waited too long to move on from a GM.

    I’ve probably been a Lions fan for way more years than you’ve been alive and you’ve clearly missed the point of what I was saying but thanks

  6. “Take shots at Detroit.” I think you have to take shots in Detroit, like Patron to watch the Lions. All kidding aside Matt Stafford is a class act. I root for his continued success. I think with the draft capital, and new management, I think Lions will eventually compete

  7. That’s nice tj but there isn’t a true lions fan out there who doesn’t hope he goes 0-16 and the draft picks acquired in the trade are top ten

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