Matthew Stafford is going to the Super Bowl, and former Detroit Lions players are incredibly happy for him.
“Man, me and [Calvin Johnson] have had many conversations about how cool it is that he’s in this position,” Rob Sims told Sports Illustrated. “Me and [Dominic Raiola] are like, ‘What we believed in was true. This guy, he is the real deal and he’s proving it.’ It’s just good for us, seeing somebody that came from where we came from, to go to that next level and prove it.”
“This might be weird for people to hear,” former quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky added. “It’s going to be like watching a family member.”
“It’s probably one of the only people that I’ve been really, really close to that has been able to play in this game and possibly win it and for it to be a quarterback, especially after the last 12 months have occurred, have been special,” former Lions wide receiver Kris Durham added. “I’m really excited for him and I’m excited for [Stafford’s wife] Kelly and his family and just have a small, minor part in it.”