Barry Sanders sends heartfelt message to Matthew Stafford

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On Saturday night, news broke that Matthew Stafford has been traded (at least in principle) to the Los Angeles Rams.

Though we have known for a week or so that Stafford was going to be traded, it was still a shock to the heart that many Detroit Lions fans were not ready for.

During Stafford’s time in Detroit, he and his wife Kelly have gone above and beyond for the people of Michigan and they will truly be missed.

On Sunday morning, the great Barry Sanders took to Twitter to thank Stafford and his family.


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5 Greatest Detroit Lions quarterbacks in franchise history

The Detroit Lions have only won one playoff game since the 1950s but have had a handful of solid quarterbacks nearly take them to the next level. From Bobby Layne winning an NFL Championship in the 1950s to current-day signal-caller Matthew Stafford breaking every Lions record known to man, Detroit quarterbacks have always been able to sling the ball. (Ok, that is a stretch)

Who ranks No. 1 all-time and who rounds out the top five?

Find out as DSN ranks the top 5 Detroit Lions’ quarterbacks of all-time.

No. 5 – Scott Mitchell (1994-1998)

Based on stats alone, Scott Mitchell should probably be higher on this list. Ranking 3rd all-time on the Lions franchise ranks in completions (1,850) and yards (12,647) and 4th in touchdowns (79), Mitchell put together some impressive seasons over his four seasons as the Detroit starter. But, despite those impressive numbers, Mitchell will always be remembered for his playoff failures, and because of that, he comes in at No. 5 on our list.

No. 4 – Erik Kramer (1991-1993)

Despite a very short career with the Lions, Erik Kramer earns a spot on this list because he actually won a playoff game. In 1991, his first season with Detroit, Kramer led the Lions to their first playoff victory in nearly 40 years when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round. While holding no Lions’ passing records, Kramer’s playoff victory remains one of the greatest memories for many Lions’ fans, and he forever holds a spot in the heart of the Detroit faithful.

No. 3 – Greg Landry (1968-1978)

Over Greg Landry‘s 10-year career in Detroit, his first three seasons were his most impressive. From 1968-1970, Landry led the Lions to three straight winnings seasons, including a playoff appearance in 1970 after accumulating a 10-4 regular-season record. Landry ranks 4th all-time on the Lions’ in completions (957) and yards (12,451) and 3rd all-time in touchdowns (80).

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5 Greatest Detroit Lions quarterbacks in franchise history