Anyways ... on Monday, the Lions announced that Stafford will be the starting quarterback for the entire season. And so, there's been a lot of speculation as to what Culpepper's reaction would be.
Well, late Tuesday, the Lions released a statement from Culpepper. He is exceedingly gracious in pledging his support for Stafford for the remainder of the year. The statement itself is worth reading ... but it ends as follows:
I am ready to settle into my role. Matt is a great guy and a talented young quarterback. I am confident that he will lead this team to plenty of victories in Detroit for a long time to come. I look forward to helping Matt in that mission in any way that I can this year. My role as his backup is not to be seen unless needed and not to be heard from unless required. The Lions organization has treated me with respect and class and they can expect the same from me.
I can only hope that I will be as gracious when I get replaced. Good on 'ya, mate.