Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 12/20/11
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matthew Stafford can laugh about the reaction he gets when he's out and about, trying to live life as normally as possible for a young athlete whose star is rising rapidly. The Lions are the hot, new thing on Detroits sports landscape in a revival season that has made Ford Field a party-pit on game day by fans who have bought tickets at a record-setting level. The Lions long-suffering followers are enjoying the teams accelerated ride to playoff contention. They have embraced the young stars such as Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril. The attention might cost players some ability to get around town in relative anonymity, but Stafford doesnt mind the trade-off that goes with having a winning season. I get it a lot, yeah, Stafford said Tuesday. You feel like everybody watches you. Its part of it. Its fun. Its a lot better -- people smiling, asking for you, telling you good luck -- than everything sucks. Its fun. Its a great time to be in ...
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