19. Matthew Stafford

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19. Matthew Stafford
From the University of Georgia, Matthew Stafford was the Lions' Quarterback from 2009 to 2020, starting every game he appeared in.  

The Lions had Calvin Johnson for the first part of Stafford's Detroit run, but he did not have much more help, and the defense was generally poor.  Stafford was considered to be an above-average QB, but his record was 16 Games below .500.  Despite his won-loss record, Stafford broke the 40-year drought by making the Pro Bowl (2014) as a Lions Quarterback.  He threw for over 4,000 Yards annually from 2011 to 2017, and did so again in 2020, his last season with Detroit. 

Overall, he threw for 45,109 Yards with 282 Touchdowns, impressive numbers that should be celebrated more than it is.


The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the NFL Draft 4/25/09.
  • Departed: Traded to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff and a 2021 3rd Round Pick, a 2022 1st Round Pick, and a 2023 1st Round Pick 3/18/21.
  • Games Played: 165
  • Notable Statistics: 165 Games Started
    3,898 Pass Completions
    6,224 Pass Attempts
    62.6 Completion Percentage
    45,109 Passing Yards
    282 Touchdown Passes
    144 Interceptions
    89.9 Passer Rating
    345 Rushing Attempts
    1,198 Rushing Yards
    14 Rushing Touchdowns
    2 Receptions
    -3 Receiving Yards
    130 Approximate Value
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl (2014)
    Most Pass Completions (2012)
    Most Pass Attempts (2011 & 2012)
    Most Pass Attempts per Game (2009, 2011 & 2012)
    Most Pass Completions per Game (2012)
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