Way back in the late 1950's, when the Detroit Lions were winning NFL championships, their quarterback was the legendary Bobby Layne. As only the Lions could, they actually traded their championship winning quarterback.
As legend would have it, Layne cursed the Lions to the point that they would never again reach the heights that he had them. Over the past 50 years and change, his curse has proved itself to be pretty darn effective, with only one playoff win since 1957.
As fate would have it, the Lions in 2009 drafted number one overall a quarterback who went to the same high school as did Layne, in the person of Matthew Stafford. With such karma in place, surely this QB with this type of background could not miss, could he?
In true Lion fashion, however, Stafford has shown promise while being a little injury prone. Just this past Sunday, he was injured in the first game when tackled by Chicago Bear DE Julius Peppers.
His right (throwing) shoulder has been seriously injured for the second time in as many years. His sprain/separation is expected to keep him on the sidelines for the next eight weeks, or half of this season!
So, the question of the day is: Is Stafford another in the long list of Lions QBs that seem to be unable to shake the curse of Bobby Layne? We will examine several contenders that offer up a solid affirmative to this question.
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