Matthew Stafford on Lions reunion: Glad to have this one over with



by   |  VIEW 214

Matthew Stafford on Lions reunion: Glad to have this one over with

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford admitted he felt relieved following the game against the Detroit Lions. After 12 seasons with the Lions, Stafford changed teams for the first time in his career this offseason when he was traded to the Rams.

On Sunday, Stafford clashed his former team for the first time since their split and led the Rams to a 28-17 win. "Am I happy it's over with? Yeah," said Stafford, who requested a trade from Lions ownership after last season.

"Got a lot of great friends, got a lot of people I care about that are on that team or from that city and just glad to have this one over with. Can put the storylines away and just go out and play football the rest of the year and just enjoy it."

Before the game started, the Rams played a tribute video to their former quarterback Jared Goff. "Just a lot of guys saying good job and me echoing that to them," Goff said. "That's pretty typical of postgame, just 'good job' and 'appreciate it.'

That was pretty much it."

Stafford was emotional after seeing Lions fans wear his jersey

In the stands, there were Lions fans that wore Stafford's Lions jersey. "It was humbling. It was really nice to see," Stafford said.

"Thought to myself that was pretty cool, I really appreciate it. I've said it a bunch of times and I truly mean it: I loved my time there." Stafford, who threw touchdown passes against the Lions, tied John Elway for the 12th-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

"It means a little bit," Stafford said, smirking, when asked what it meant to be in the same realm as Elway. "I grew up watching John and it was huge. I wore No. 7 in high school and college because of John and was a huge fan of the way he played the game, the way he threw the ball, all of that.

It's pretty cool, I'm sure I'll appreciate it more when I'm done playing, but along the way it's nice to get that done with a win." The Lions are now 0-7 but Goff insists they are a better team then their record suggests.

"We're a lot better than our record shows. Ultimately in this league that doesn't matter," Goff said. "It really doesn't. I can say that as long as I want, but until we win some games, we can't really prove it."