The Detroit Lions haven't won much, so he's never in the conversation regarding the best quarterbacks of the 2010s. That said, Stafford, who is now with the Los Angeles Rams, has been solid for nearly all of his time in the NFL and was even better in high school.
Matthew Stafford in High School
Matthew Stafford played at Highland Park High School in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. His big arm is on display in this video, and he has poise and command of the football beyond his years.
He was awarded numerous accolades for his high school football career and was the consensus top quarterback prospect.
After graduating, he enrolled at Georgia and played for the Bulldogs.
Matthew Stafford at Georgia
It was inevitable that Stafford would end up getting drafted early. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. predicted it before Stafford ever suited up for a game. Kiper would ultimately end up looking like Nostradamus when the Lions took the QB with the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Matthew Stafford in the NFL
Just 56 days until the NFL's 100th season! #NFL100
— NFL (@NFL) July 11, 2019
The Lions quarterback had another first-round talent playing with him on offense, but the team couldn't make any ground in the NFC Playoffs. No head coach was ever able to make it work with Calvin Johnson on the field, and the team has missed out on the fun since 2016.
Stafford, to his credit, has put together 12 solid NFL seasons in Michigan. He has a Pro Bowl to his name, has thrown for nearly 300 touchdowns, and has performed well against the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings in the past.
Stafford may not be an MVP, but he is a sturdy presence in the lineup who could help your team win. After a series of injuries in his sophomore campaign, Stafford earned Comeback Player of the Year honors for his 5,000-yard performance, joining Tom Brady of the New England Patriots Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints as the only three players to reach that total.
The embodiment of leaving everything on the field.
Matthew Stafford had one of the greatest mic?d up moments ever...
— Scott Turken (@Turk0219) January 31, 2021
After the 2020 season, Stafford's name popped up on the trade market, and his time in Detroit has come to an end.
Matthew Stafford is LA bound. ? pic.twitter.com/b6stbYP8md
— NFL (@NFL) January 31, 2021
QB Matthew Stafford has undeniably performed well since high school. If he ever loses his passion for football, perhaps he could join his friend, Kershaw, in the MLB.
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