Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan asked me to participate in Tuesday morning's assembly at Lansing's Pleasant View School where Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford made an appearance to encourage kids to live a healthy lifestyle. Some 250 5th through 8th graders were in attendance along with other dignitaries including State Reps Joan Bauer and Barb Byrun. Former Detroit Lions player Ken Daliafor also spoke and he is now a vice president for the company.
Stafford made his fourth and final appearance under a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield and this was his first visit to a Lansing school though he was in East Lansing this last summer to play in Drew Stanton's golf outing. He is very polite and easy going and he wasn't too worried about a dress code-- ties were in abundance but Stafford was comfortable in sneakers, blue jeans and a t shirt with a Detroit Tigers cap on backwards. But he was easy going and friendly and related well to the kids who screamed in delight. They knew who he was.
It was fun and Stafford obviously is going to gain in celebrity as the Lions keep on winning. He knows that and seems comfortable by it all and smiled when speaking with reporters. He didn't seem in any hurry to leave and in fact he arrived before I did and looked like a worker at the school rather than the Lions' $72 million quarterback.