Former Bulldog (I still don’t like having to say that) Matthew Stafford’s pro career was to begin today with the opening of the Lions’ three-day minicamp, largely an orientation at which the team’s draft picks and undrafted free agents get familiar with Detroit’s operation so they’ll be ready when they return for the off-season program on May 18. The Lions, by the way, open their exhibition schedule Aug. 15 against the Falcons at Ford Field.
Meanwhile, if you missed Stafford’s “extreme” makeover by glam tennis star Maria Sharapova on ESPN’s “E:60″ program earlier this week, you can see it here.
Stafford comes across in the piece as a still-unspoiled college kid with a good sense of humor about himself. Describing himself as “a jeans guy,” he jokes that his style is casual, not casual-chic. “There’s no chic with me.”
Sharapova warns “the poor boy is not going to know what’s gonna hit him.”
Asked what his hair styling routine is, Stafford draws laughs when he says, “Towel, that’s it.” He reluctantly submits to a trim and then is outfitted by Sharapova, who remarks at one point about a jacket she’s picked, “I bet you’ve never spent $230 on a jacket,” to which Stafford replies, “On any single piece of clothing.”
After it’s all over, what has Stafford learned? What a lint brush is.
And he admits that the guys back in Athens are “gonna rip on me pretty good, I’m sure.”
Right. Like they wouldn’t jump at the chance to have Maria Sharapova dressing them.