Matthew Stafford: Detroit Lions’ Best Quarterback Since Bobby Layne

September 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The football helmet was suddenly an airborne missile. It was flung across the locker room, narrowly missing its target—the head of the defiant quarterback who just helped orchestrate a defeat of numbing magnitude.
The helmet bounced off the wall, its hurler steaming mad, loaded for bear.
The Lions of the 1960s were a schizophrenic bunch. They had a swarming, mauling defense that, in some years during the decade, was among the very best in the NFL.
But the Lions were also a plodding offensive unit who seemed to play with one arm tied behind their backs.
And one of the leaders of the Lions defense got fed up with the smug, kiss-my-ass attitude of the quarterback in the wake of a crushing defeat in Green Bay in 1962, and took it upon himself to use Milt Plum’s head as a target for helmet-flinging.
Alex Karras was fit to be tied. The Lions had a big game in the palms of their muddy hands on the Packers’ home field, and needed only to run the clock...

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