Video: Lions QB Matthew Stafford accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

By Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was on fire in his expanded outing in a 27-26 exhibition loss to the Raiders on Friday night.

So following Saturday afternoon’s practice, Stafford cooled down by taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The social-media craze is promoting awareness of, and raising money to research, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Stafford was challenged by the Red Wings’ Dan Cleary, then issued challenges to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Lions quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter and Lions center Dominic Raiola.

Stafford joined teammates Reggie Bush, Kevin Ogletree, as well as coach Jim Caldwell and receiver Golden Tate, in taking the challenge. All who are nominated for the challenge — whether they accept or refuse — are asked to donate to support ALS research.

Stafford did the challenge with his trademark baseball cap backward. He said he wasn’t as shocked by the cold water because of the ice baths players sometimes take after practices.

Stafford played in the first three series of Friday’s road exhibition and threw touchdowns in the first two.