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.”

Super Bowl 2022: Odds of Matthew Stafford Winning and Everything You Need to Know

  • What time?

    Super Bowl LV has a kick off time of 6:30 p.m. ET. It’s weird to think that our California friends will be watching so early, at 3:30 p.m. PT. Live coverage on NBC and Peacock will start at 12:00 p.m. ET.

  • Who is playing?

    Please tell me that you know this. But if not, the Cincinnati Bengals will go against the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl 56 in Los Angeles.

  • Who will perform the halftime show?

    It’s a classic hip-hop bill of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.

  • Who is singing the national anthem?

    Mickey Guyton will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LVI.

  • How to watch the Super Bowl

    Super Bowl 2022 will be televised by NBC and streamed live on Peacockin, plus NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App.

  • Odds of Matthew Stafford winning

    According to PointsBet (Feb. 5 prediction), the Los Angeles Rams are a -200 favorite to win, and the Cincinnati Bengals are underdogs at +165. The point spread is Rams -4.5 (-110), Bengals +4.5 (-110).

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