From 1950 - 1958 the Detroit Lions had a quarterback named Bobby Layne. Layne is a hall of fame quarterback that won 3 championships in his 8 year tenure with the team, including 2 back to back.
In 1958 fresh off his 3rd championship the Detroit Lions decided that Layne was past his prime and traded him away to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne was dejected and upset by the trade. As he boarded a bus to head to Pittsburgh he publically stated that the Detroit Lions would not win for 50 years.
The Detroit Lions have had the worst winning % of any NFL franchise over the last 50 years, ending in their 0-16 record setting debacle of 2008.
The end of the 2008 season coinsides with the last year of the 50 year curse of Bobby Layne. Begining in the 2009 season the curse will be lifted and Detroit will pick #1 overall in the draft.
Given that football news nuggets are few and far between on a Saturday afternoon in the offseason I thought I'd give Chiefs fans a chance to chime in on the validity of the Bobby Layne curse. Is this the year the Lions turn it around and start winning again? Does Layne's curse have anything to do with the last 50 years? Would anyone in thier right minds (besides the Ravens) trade away a QB immediately following a championship season? Let's have a little fun with this. Do you believe in the curse? What are your thoughts?