INTERVIEW: Stanton Talks About Being A Lion

Stanton, who was celebrating at the Shore Club in Miami, FL along with the other clients of super agent Drew Rosenhaus, said he couldn't wait to get back to Michigan and begin working out with his new teammates wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and fellow second round picks safety Gerald Alexander of Boise State and defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis of Hawaii.

ALLEN PARK - Drew Stanton basked in the glow of being drafted in the second round by the Detroit Lions that he couldn't contain it.

Stanton, who was celebrating at the Shore Club in Miami, FL along with the other clients of super agent Drew Rosenhaus, said he couldn't wait to get back to Michigan and begin working out with his new teammates wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and fellow second round picks safety Gerald Alexander of Boise State and defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis of Hawaii.

"I'm ecstatic," said Stanton, "I can't wait to come up there and return back home. It's a great opportunity and its a franchise that I'm very excited to be a part of."

Stanton explained why he was excited to be a part of one of the worst franchises in the NFL over the past six seasons.

"(It's) the situation I'm coming into obviously, explained Stanton. "Learning from a seasoned veteran like Jon Kitna is priceless also the opportunity to work under Mike Martz. coach Marinelli is so motivated and interested in turning that franchise around and so enthusiastic. It kinds of just pours out on me in a sense that he's so excited and so passionate about being a part of the Lions and he wants those kinds of players."

He said the struggles of the Lions will not deter his enthusiasm.

"The Lions have struggled at little bit in the past. But you look at Mike Martz and the job he was able to do after a couple of years with the Rams in getting them to the Super Bowl. Its those things that excites you and especially being around people like that that have such an offensive mind that make it fun but also have success at the National Football League, its something that I'm looking forward to getting in and working right away," he said.

Stanton says one of his first acts will be to reach out and talk to his star wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

"I just tried to get in contact with him, I know the quarterback from Georgia Tech, Taylor Bent, I have his number so I'm going to try to get hold of him. That kind of player comes around only every once in a while and to call him my teammate is just unbelievable."


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