If the Lions do pick Stafford, he will face quite a daunting task. Detroit has not won an NFL title since 1957.
The quarterback of that team was Bobby Layne. Layne attended Highland Park High School in Dallas. Stafford also attended Highland Park High School. Coincidentally in 2005, he led the school to its first state championship since 1957 — the same year Layne led the Lions to their last championship.
The parallels are striking and even Stafford couldn’t help but note the storyline.
“It’s crazy. It’s kind of ironic how it all came together,” he said. “Obviously there is a lot of time between now and draft day and who knows what can happen. But that (getting drafted by the Lions) would be something that would be definitely interesting.”
“Something that you guys could probably write a lot about.”
Later in Stafford’s press conference, after he was done talking about Layne and reminiscing about his high school days, he got a predictable question, but from a most unpredictable source — fellow combine participant Mark Sanchez of USC.
As Stafford was speaking, Sanchez ran in and appeared from nowhere, blurting out from among the mass of media: “What do you think about Sanchez, the other quarterback in the draft?”
A grinning Stafford then instructed Sanchez to “get out of here, dude. I’m getting you back!”
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt then joked, “Dinner tonight is on Sanchez.”
“QB 17,” Stafford announced, noting Sanchez’s combine number and making sure everyone knew who would pay the tab.