The Curse of Bobby Layne: It Ends with Stafford

Kyle LanganAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2009

If The Detroit Lions are superstitious in any way, they should draft Matthew Stafford.

Throw the tapes out, forget the combine, forget his attitude, and consider the following: Bobby Layne was the last quarterback to succeed in Detroit, and although The Curse of Bobby Layne doesn’t possess the notoriety of say, the Curse of the Billy Goat, it still exists.

You may find yourself asking, “What does this have to do with Matthew Stafford?”

That’s a good question.

Matt Stafford attended the same high school as Bobby Layne: Highland Park High School in Dallas. It had been the same number of years between the Lions' last championship and Highland Park’s until Stafford marched them back to the Promised Land.

As for how this pertains to Detroit, upon being traded to the Steelers, Layne claimed that his old team wouldn’t win again for 50 years. That was 50 years ago.

It’s now or never for Detroit. If they don’t grab Stafford, he will forever be remembered in Lions lore as the one that truly did get away, regardless of how his career turns out.

There is no predicting how Stafford’s career will play out, but if you’re superstitious, then you best believe that he is the savior.