Quarterback Matthew Stafford was on with ESPN’s Jim Rome on FOX Sports Radio yesterday to talk about Detroit’s comeback victory at Minnesota.
“Twenty points at halftime against a team that’s as good as the Vikings and as talented as the Vikings is tough,” he said. “Especially on the road.”
Stafford cited Detroit’s calm demeanor in the locker room at halftime as “what saved us.”
“The players all understood that we didn’t play our best football – we didn’t play like we play in the first half,” he said. “(We knew) if we went out there and executed and did our part, we could gain some momentum and get it going.”
The win pushed Detroit – and Stafford – full force into the media spotlight; a night-and-day difference from last season when Stafford suffered a shoulder injury Week 1.
“I was upset,” said Stafford of last season. “I felt I had done a lot to make sure I was ready for the season last year and for it to happen in Week 1 the way it did, wasn’t fun.
“I wasn’t a fun person to be around for awhile, but I used it to motivate myself and try and get better on and off the field.”
Stafford feels more prepared to prevent another injury from happening, but told Rome there is a little bit of luck involved as well.
“If it’s anything but my right shoulder last year, I’d probably have played through it. It’s just one of those things that I couldn’t play through.
“Hopefully, if I get a little tweak here and a tweak there this season, it’s nothing big (and) I can just play right through it.”
So what does it take, asked Rome, to go an entire career without missing a game like Brett Favre or Peyton Manning?
“Those guys are unbelievable,” said Stafford. “You’ve got to give respect to them. They get the ball out of their hands and they take hits too; it’s not like they aren’t taking hits.
“Those guys are just tough guys that have been doing it a long time. I admire the heck out of them.”
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