Stafford: "I feel as good as I ever have"

With the ongoing NFL lockout still in place, Detroit Lions players have had to find new ways to stay in shape and rehabilitate during the offseason, away from the teams practice and training facility.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been a particular player of interest for fans, as everyone wants to know where he’s at and what he’s doing as he rehabs from surgery on his throwing shoulder.

As Stafford told the Detroit Free Press this week, the rehabilitation process is right on track.

“I feel great. Health-wise, I feel as good as I ever have, so I’m ready to go,” he said.

“I feel like I’ve done everything I possibly can this off-season to prepare to be healthy and go out there and play.”

Stafford has also been keeping followers up to date by staying active on his Twitter account.

On Saturday, Stafford tweeted that he was throwing with the Lions’ newest wide receiver, Titus Young, and has been vocal on his throwing sessions with receiver Calvin Johnson as well.

“Just got done throwing with@TitusYoung kid was getting it… looking forward to the season…,” Stafford posted on May 14.

It’s clear from his updates that Stafford is anxious to get back onto the practice field to prepare for the 2011 season with his new teammates.

“I’m excited about No. 1 being healthy going into the year and hopefully playing all 16 games or more,” he said.

“We have all the core guys, major guys coming back, which is great, and we’ve added some new guys: (Nick) Fairley and (Mikel) Leshoure and Young. Those are guys that we’re looking to help us out as much as they can early on and I’m excited about it.”

Aside from focusing on his rehab, Stafford has also been busy investing time off the field in the Michigan community.

On Monday, May 16, Stafford appeared at the Ford Fieldhouse on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College to speak to students from local elementary schools about the importance of living a healthy life, which is part of Project FIT, a collaboration between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

Stafford tweeted following the event expressing how much he enjoyed getting the opportunity to spend with the kids before heading to a player organized workout.

“Just left the went with BCBSM and the kids from GR loved being there an talking to/ having fun with the kids! Off to practice now.”

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