Matthew Stafford: I’ll always have a soft spot for Detroit in my heart

The Rams play the 49ers in the NFC Championships.
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Just over a year ago, the Lions agreed to trade their 2009 No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford to the Rams.

Now Stafford has seemingly proven to be Los Angeles’ missing piece, as the club is playing for a title in Super Bowl LVI.

But after 12 years with Detroit, Stafford’s positive feelings about the city and the organization haven’t just gone away. During his Monday press conference, Stafford said his teammates and the fan base kept him going during those lean years with the Lions.

“They had an expectation of what I was going to do when I was out there, what it was going to look like when they came to the Detroit Lions game, and I wanted to make sure that that was their experience more often than not,” Stafford said. “And then as far as what Detroit fans are, I mean, they were extremely loyal, they were great, they were passionate — all the things you want fans to be. Unbelievable to me and my wife and my family and the community, how many times we were out to eat or playing with our kids in the park, whatever it was, and the support that we felt from them not only when the times were good.

“But when my wife was going through some of the things that she was going through health-wise, or maybe we weren’t winning football games, they were always supportive. And people cared about not only the Lions and me, but my family and us as people. So, always gonna have a soft spot for Detroit in my heart and just appreciate it.”

Stafford also noted he feels like he’s playing to win this Super Bowl not only for his Rams teammates, but also for those who he’s played with before in his career.

“If we sit here and say we’re not a product of our experiences, or we haven’t learned from some of the things that we’ve had go on in the past, picked up things from great teammates or coaches along the way, we’d be lying to ourselves,” Stafford said. “I do appreciate so much just everybody’s support. And I know that when I’m out there playing, whether it’s this week in the Super Bowl or any other game, I’m a representation of those experiences that I’ve had with those people. I feel like every time I step out there on the field, I’m playing for not really myself, but for everybody that’s helped get me there.”

11 responses to “Matthew Stafford: I’ll always have a soft spot for Detroit in my heart

  1. Stafford needs this win for any chance at the NFL Hall of Fame . Will he go in a Lion or a Ram ?

  2. After squandering the unique talents of Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson, it hurt just a little bit to see Matthew Stafford traded to a team that was a likely Super Bowl contender. He may not have been perfect in Detroit but the organization did a poor job surrounding him with sufficient coaching and roster talent. Nevertheless, Stafford was always prepared to get it out on the field and was always classy off the field. While it would’ve been preferable for the Lions to have seen the Rams exit the playoffs in the first round in order to get maximum value from the trade, Stafford certainly toiled long enough that he deserves all the accolades and rewards should he see his team through to a championship.

  3. Remember when they put their house on the market and claimed it solely because it was too big? The fans remember. He had already asked for a trade twice by that point.

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