Hours before Matthew Stafford officially became a Los Angeles Ram, the Detroit Lions posted a nine-minute farewell video from one of the toughest dudes to ever put on a football uniform. It was a love letter to the place he's called home for his entire professional career. It's a love requited from those wise enough to appreciate all Stafford did in a Lions uniform, even if winning anything of significance wasn't one of them.

Five-hundred and forty seconds may seem excessive. And it's easy to mock earnestness because it costs nothing to be emotionless. But honestly, it could have been longer. It was both fantastically done and arresting.