Matthew Stafford has reportedly requested to be traded by the Detroit Lions and the Lions have reportedly agreed to make his wish come true as long as they can get fair market value in return.
Well, according to Ian Rapoport, the Lions should have absolutely no problem finding a trade partner as nearly one-third of the league has contacted the league about acquiring Stafford.
Rapoport added that there is “significant interest” in Stafford and that the Lions “should be able to get at least a first rounder” in return for the former No. 1 overall pick.
"Significant interest in Matthew Stafford. Should be able to get at least a first rounder there." https://t.co/YbUfMZDYen
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) January 27, 2021
Top 10 nicknames in Detroit sports history
Detroit has been blessed with a rich history of great players in all sports. Even better, some of the best nicknames in sports have come from this area. I put together a list of my top 10 favorites with a few honorable mentions. There were so many to choose from, so it was difficult to make this list as any of these mentioned, I am sure, are favorites of many Detroit fans. I am also sure I may have missed a few.
Dick “Night Train” Lane
This seven-time Pro Bowler played for the Lions from 1960-1965. He was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1974. He still holds the NFL record of 14 interceptions in one season.
“Megatron” Calvin Johnson
Calvin was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2007 draft and gave Lions fans nine years of Hall of Fame quality play. He holds the NFL record with 1,964 yards in one season and was elected to six Pro Bowls.
“Sweet Lou” Whitaker
One of my personal favorites who I watched his entire career. There was nothing better than hearing the crowd yell “Lou” when he came to the plate or when he made a dazzling play in the field. One-half of the greatest double play combo in MLB history, Lou was the Rookie of the Year in 1978 and he went on to play in 5 All-Star games and win 3 Gold Gloves. His pinnacle came in 1984 as Detroit won the World Series.
Mark “The Bird” Fidrych
1976 was a magical year as the Rookie of the Year dazzled not only Detroit fans, but the entire nation with his mound antics. While he only played five seasons due to injuries, his stardom will never dim. Fidrych will always be beloved in Detroit.