For Matthew Stafford—quarterback of the Detroit Lions, former No. 1 overall draft pick and "BMOC" at the University of Georgia—the spotlight of an event like the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Award ceremony is practically old hat.
But back in 2006, when he was nominated as the Gatorade Texas Football Player of the Year, he played the role of the wide-eyed high schooler himself.
Having come full circle as a presenter at this year's ceremony in Hollywood, Stafford has a unique point of view on the honor, and the challenge bestowed on the teenaged superstars honored by Gatorade and ESPN RISE.
After the awards had been handed out on Tuesday, Bleacher Report's Jack Harver had a chance to talk with him about that perspective—and to get in a few questions edgewise about the ongoing NFL lockout and Stafford's offseason workouts.