Matthew Stafford altering Lions' destiny

Quarterback's success helping franchise move on from the Curse of Bobby Layne

Updated: October 1, 2011, 2:34 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

Call it fate or a crazy coincidence, but the Curse of Bobby Layne certainly took an interesting twist after the Hall of Famer's hex supposedly ended.

First, a quick history lesson: This all started in 1958, when the defending NFL champion Detroit Lions traded the hard-living Layne the day after a 13-13 tie in the second week of the season, opting to move forward with clean-cut Tobin Rote at quarterback. Legend has it that Layne angrily declared on his way out of town that the Lions, who ...

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