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When the Lions blindsided their star quarterback Bobby Layne with news that he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week two of the 1958 season, the star quarterback, newly recovered from a triple leg fracture that prevented him from finishing the previous year’s championship run, was say the least. Perhaps rightfully so—it was Layne that won back-to-back NFL championships in ’52 and ’53 for the Lions and set the ’57 championship stage for alternate QB Tobin Rote, a technically proficient and more even-keel player than the fiery Bobby Layne, who was known better for his piss and vinegar leadership, heavy drinking, and unwillingness to wear a facemask, than for his ability to throw a football. As Layne got on the plane, he begrudgingly mutt ...

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