John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback who plays for the Detroit Lions. He was drafted by the Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Stafford attended the University of Georgia, where he played for the Bulldogs from 2006 to 2008. In 2011, he had over 3,500 yards passing and was the fastest player to reach 40,000 rushing yards in the history of the NFL.
About Matthew Stafford in brief
John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback who plays for the Detroit Lions. He was drafted by the Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Stafford was the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season. He also holds the NFL record for the most comeback wins in a season, recording eight in the 2016 NFL season. In 2017, he signed a US$135-million contract extension with the Lions, making him the highest-paid player inNFL history at the time. Stafford attended the University of Georgia, where he played for the Bulldogs from 2006 to 2008. In 2005, he led his team to a perfect 15–0 record and won the UIL 4A Division I State Championship. He won the MVP and Best Arm awards at the 2005 EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and was named the 2005EA Sports National Player of the Year. Stafford graduated early from high school and enrolled at Georgia in January 2006. 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. Stafford received numerous accolades, including being named to the Parade All-America Team and the USA Today Pre-Season Super 25 in 2005. Before he had even started a game at the collegiate level, analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. predicted, correctly, that Stafford would eventually be the first pick in the NFL draft.
He was listed as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect in the class of 2006 by Rivals. com. Stafford wore number 7 at Georgia. He has one sibling, a younger sister named Page. Stafford had his best season against the #5 Auburn Tigers, in which he had 20 for 219 for 219 yards and a touchdown, and added 83 rushing yards on seven carries. The following week, Stafford led the Bulldogs to a 31-24 come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, after the Bulldogs trailed 21–3 at halftime. Stafford completed his freshman season by leading a comeback to a 15–12 win over #16 Georgia Tech, leading a 15-play, 64-yard drive and threw the game-winning touchdown in Georgia Tech’s 15-12 win. He had over 4,000 passing yards passing despite not playing in the first three games of the season due to a knee injury. In 2011, he had over 3,500 yards passing and was the fastest player to reach 40,000 rushing yards in the history of the NFL. In 2013, he was the first quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl, and the first player to do it in the post-season. In 2014, he threw two touchdown passes in a game against the New England Patriots, helping the Patriots to a 34-31 victory. The next week he threw a pass for a touchdown in a win over the New York Giants, helping them to a 35-31 win.