Matt Stafford who was born on February 7, 1988 in Tampa, Florida. He plays QB for the Detroit Lions and been in the NFL since 2009. He is signed to continue playing QB through the 2017 for the Detroit Lions.
10 interesting facts about the football player, Matt Stafford
Matt Stafford Facts #1:
Matt Stafford often maligned for being injury prone has not missed a season game since 2010 after missing 6 games in his rookie year in 2009 and 13 in his sophomore year, 2010. He has played 3 seasons straight without missing a game.
Matt Stafford Facts #2:
Matt Stafford is one of 4 QBs to surpass the 5,000 yard mark passing in a season including one of the 3 who did it in the 2011 season along with Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
Matt Stafford Facts #3:
Matt Stafford was listed as the #1 prospect by Rivals for the QB class of 2006 ahead of other QBs, Tim Tebow and Ryan Mallett.
Matt Stafford Facts #4:
Matt Stafford has an expression coined after him at the University of Georgia, “The Stafford Effect.” It was coined in direct response to the amount of high school seniors from his alma mater, Highland Park High school in Texas that subsequently applied for admission to the University of Georgia. Prior to Stafford, only 35 seniors per year applied, after Matt Stafford, enrollment almost triple applied by his Junior year.
Matt Stafford Facts #5:
Matt Stafford was drafted with the #1 pick in the 2009 draft by the Detroit Lions and at that time signed the highest guaranteed contract by any rookie, worth almost $42 million dollars.
Matt Stafford Facts #6:
Matt Stafford in 2013 signed an extension to his original contract for three additional years, almost an exact duplicate of his rookie contract adding another 41.5 million in guaranteed monies.
Matt Stafford Facts #7:
Matt Stafford holds many NFL “50 game mark” records: Most passing yards with 14,069, record for completions at 1,214 and second in most 300-yard passing performances with 19 games.
Matt Stafford Facts #8:
Matt Stafford is the 1st player to throw for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns over a four game period in the NFL the last 4 games of the 2011 season.
Matt Stafford Facts #9:
Matt Stafford holds the University of Georgia season record for most touchdowns thrown when he broke the record in 2008.
Matt Stafford Facts #10:
Matt Stafford in 2011 set the Detroit Lions single season yards passing record when he surpassed the 5k mark and finished with a mind boggling 5,038 yards.
Sources: CNN, Sporting News, Biography, ESPN, jockbio, ducksters, Forbes
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