Lions' Stafford among those at career crossroads

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass during the first quarter of the game...

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass during the first quarter of the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 22, 2013. (Leon Halip/Getty Images/AFP)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

There are times when the football business is as much about what is running through a player’s head as it is about what he can do with the running parts assembled below neck level.

Scouting combines measure size, strength and speed. Athleticism is discernable to the eye. All are qualities that can be refined.

But dopey is forever.

Mulishness can be chronic. And, the road to greatness is littered with the unfulfilled expectations of the lackadaisical, the slothful and the entitled egotist. The byways to success in the NFL are littered with careers derailed through simple pig-headedness.

It’s all about winning the mind games. Who can play them best. Who plays them at all.

In the NFL, it’s not so much live and learn, as it is about learning to live, to survive. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is staring at that fork in the road this season.


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