Stafford unfazed by harsh crowd reaction

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Detroit took Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 pick. (Ben Liebenberg /

Detroit’s No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford heard the boos, he heard the chants of ‘overrated’, and took it all in stride.

If the new Lions quarterback is able to brush aside NFL pass rushers the way he did the negative reaction inside Radio City Music Hall, he won’t ever get sacked.

“It’s a unique experience. A great one for me. It didn’t matter if they cheered for me or booed me. It was going to be a great time,” said Stafford.

“You got to have tough skin to play in this league, especially to play the quarterback position, and I definitely have that.”

Stafford knows he has work to do in winning over the Lions fans and in helping turn around a franchise that was the first to go 0-16 last year, but he is excited for the challenge.

“It’s a city that’s going through a tough time right now and fans are looking for something to cheer for,” remarked Stafford. “Hopefully I can give them that.”

Armed with a six-year deal that contains $41.7 million in guarantees, Stafford can immediately go to work and get prepared for his rookie season.

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