Matthew Stafford tweets on Jeff Backus’ retirement

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on March 14, 2013 – 4:56 pm

Longtime Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus announced his retirement, Thursday, ending a 12-year career that began in 2001.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has had Backus as his left tackle since 2009, had this to say via his Twitter account, @Staff_9:

“I will miss having JB guarding my blindside this year. Jeff is a pro that all of us aspire to be on and off the field. A great warrior! #76″


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9 Responses to “Matthew Stafford tweets on Jeff Backus’ retirement”

  1. By Nick on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Backus was a true Lion, I don’t think he ever wanted to leave, and as the Lions lost interest in a loyal player, he decided he wanted to retire with the true blood still in his veins.

  2. By john on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    a great class person and player

  3. By Sagmich on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Nick, I agree 100% about Backus. He was not the greatest but his heart was so big. If more players had is heart just think. Good luck Jeff you deserve a great retirement.

  4. By mason on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Backus was a bad left tackle that was letting Stafford get sack because he was to stuburn to give up his position. if he was a true loyal lion he would have given his position to the young blood that needed the experience. but thankfully he did it early in the off season so we could attend to the issue. thank you Backus for attempting to help the lions.

    -mason

  5. By connor on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    hope your ready to get more blindsided hits due the lions not haveing a true #1 LT

  6. By schaum on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    We can only hope that what Jeff Backus left the offensive line with, was a sliver of the character and heart that he played with his whole career. Sanders, Simms, Lane, Spielman,Backus all in the same breath!

  7. By Rebelyankee on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Reiff is a LT and we could still draft another one !!!

  8. By Trikydik on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    Coach Backus!!!!!!!!!

  9. By stephanie on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    I cant wait for some football good luck backus Its time regroup and get some draft picks that will play for the pay they receive, Lets hear it for the boys just heard delmas is back thank god. Now they can stop the long passes. I cant wait to see bush in lions uniform the pieces are falling into place . I ts are destiny to win a superbowl.

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