By Anwar S. Richardson
ALLEN PARK -- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford plans to visit The White House and Pentagon on Thursday, but not as a tourist.
Stafford was invited to attend the Financial Capability and Empowerment Summit to show off an educational video game called Financial Football, according to The Detroit News. He will be there with Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
According to the article, Stafford and others will demonstrate the game. He also will be at the Pentagon for a similar event with the Navy Federal Credit Union.
The White House called for this first ever White House Summit on Financial Capability & Empowerment on Thursday in Washington, D.C., to focus on the importance of financial empowerment for low and moderate income Americans. The White House also is encouraging institutions to make tangible commitments to promote financial capability.
The game is part of Visa's nationwide educational initiative with the National Football League and NFL players union.
According to Financial Football's website, it is a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills. Teams compete by answering financial questions to earn yardage and score touchdowns.
Stafford is definitely qualified to talk about finances and football.
After being drafted in 2009, Stafford signed a six-year deal worth $72 million, with $41.7 million guaranteed. The contract could be worth as much as $78 million if Stafford achieves all of his playing incentives.
Stafford led Detroit to a 10-6 record and the playoffs last season. If all goes well in the future, his next visit to The White House could be with his team as Super Bowl champions.