32 Facts About Matthew Stafford

1. John Matthew Stafford was born on February 7, 1988 and is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League.

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2. Matthew Stafford played college football at Georgia, where he was a first-team All-American, and was selected first overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft.

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3. Matthew Stafford was born in Tampa, Florida to John and Margaret Matthew Stafford.

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4. Matthew Stafford received numerous accolades, including being named to the Parade All-America Team and the USA Today Pre-Season Super 25 in 2005.

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5. Matthew Stafford won the MVP and Best Arm awards at the 2005 EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and was named the 2005 EA Sports National Player of the Year.

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6. Matthew Stafford graduated early from high school and enrolled at the University of Georgia in January, where he became the first true freshman quarterback to start for the Georgia Bulldogs football team since Quincy Carter in 1998, and first out of high school to start since Eric Zeier in 1991.

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7. Matthew Stafford completed five of 12 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown in a Georgia spring game.

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8. Matthew Stafford finished with 1,749 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

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9. Matthew Stafford connected with senior wide receiver Mikey Henderson on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage in overtime for the winning score.

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10. Matthew Stafford helped lead them to victories in their first four games to move the winning streak to 11.

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11. Matthew Stafford led the SEC in pass attempts and passing completions while finishing third for passing touchdowns.

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12. Matthew Stafford chose to forgo his senior season and entered the 2009 NFL Draft.

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13. The Lions announced that Dr James Andrews had performed surgery on Matthew Stafford's throwing shoulder, which included an AC joint repair and a clavicle shaving.

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14. Matthew Stafford became the first player in Lions' franchise history to have two games in a single season with at least five passing touchdowns.

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15. Matthew Stafford rushed for a career-high 126 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 35 carries.

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16. On July 7, 2013, Matthew Stafford agreed to a three-year, $53 million extension with the Lions.

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17. Matthew Stafford set a record for completions over 50 games at 1,214, over Marc Bulger's 1,115.

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18. Matthew Stafford threw 323 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the loss.

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19. On January 19, 2015, it was announced that Matthew Stafford was selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl appearance.

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20. Matthew Stafford started the 2016 season off with a strong performance against the Indianapolis Colts.

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21. Matthew Stafford passed for 206 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the loss.

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22. Matthew Stafford ended the season with 4,327 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions – his sixth consecutive season with at least 4,000 passing yards.

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23. On November 10, 2019, Matthew Stafford missed his first game since 2010, ending his streak of 136 consecutive regular-season starts.

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24. On December 18, 2019, Matthew Stafford was placed on injured reserve after missing the previous six games and the Lions missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

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25. At the time of his shutdown, Matthew Stafford was well on pace for a impressive statistical season.

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26. On November 7, 2020, Matthew Stafford was removed from the COVID-19 list after he came back negative for the virus and was cleared for the Lions week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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27. On March 18, 2021, Matthew Stafford was traded to the Rams in a package involving Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick and two first-round picks in 2022 and 2023.

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28. Matthew Stafford made his Rams debut during Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears.

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29. On March 19, 2022, Matthew Stafford signed a four-year, $160 million extension with the Rams.

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30. At Georgia, Matthew Stafford met cheerleader Kelly Hall, the sister of former NFL player and current Buffalo Bills wide receivers coach Chad Hall.

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31. Matthew Stafford took time off from being with the Lions, as training camp started up shortly after Kelly's surgery.

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32. In 2018, Matthew Stafford was the Lions' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.

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