Highland Park High’s History With The Detroit Lions

A football-loving FBer reflects on the Matthew Stafford pick:

The Lions, with the first pick in the NFL draft, took Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, who played his high school ball at Highland Park. I believe he’s the first-ever HP football product to be a #1 pick.

However, he’s not the first HP football product to play for Detroit. The two most famous players to come out of HP were Doak Walker and Bobby Layne in the 1940’s.  Doak played at SMU and won the Heisman as a junior, while Layne played at UT.  Both, however, were reunited in 1950 at Detroit and led the Lions to a couple of NFL championships. Stafford has nowhere to go but up.  Detroit went 0-16 last year.

UPDATE: Another football-loving FBer notes that Stafford’s timing is good in joining the Lions. The Curse of Bobby Layne expired last year.

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