John Matthew Stafford, known as Matthew Stafford, was born in Tampa, Florida on February 7, 1988. A quarterback for the Detroit Lions, he holds various franchise passing records. In 2011 he became only the fourth quarterback in the history of the NFL to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a single season and was subsequently voted as the NFL Alumni Quarterback of the Year.
After moving to Dallas, Texas, Stafford attended Highland Park High School, where he earned a reputation as one of the top quarterbacks of his class. In 2005, he led the school to the Texas 4A Division I Title, with an undefeated and untied 15-0 record. He passed for more than 4,000 yards and was voted as the EA Sports National Player of the Year. A consensus five star recruit, Stafford committed to the University of Georgia.
Throughout his college football career, Stafford was able to record a total of 7,731 passing yards and 51 touchdown passes. As a freshman, he was named as the MVP of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and was included in the SEC All-Freshman Team by coaches. In 2008, he broke the Georgia school record for touchdown passes in a single season, with 25, and was the Capital One Bowl MVP.
During the 2009 NFL Draft, Stafford was selected in the first round, as the first overall pick, by the Detroit Lions. He was named as the team's starting quarterback for the 2009 season and enjoyed an excellent rookie year, throwing for 2,267 yards and 13 touchdowns. His most notable performance of the season came against the Cleveland Browns, when he became the youngest NFL quarterback to ever throw five touchdown passes in one game. However, his 2010 season was severely disrupted by injury and he was only able to play in three games.
Stafford bounced back in 2011 and registered a total of 5,038 passing yards during the regular season, becoming only the fourth quarterback to ever eclipse 5,000 yards in a season. At the end of the year, he was named as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press and PFWA and was selected as the NFL Alumni's Quarterback of the Year. In the 2013 season, Stafford reached 15,000 career passing yards. In the process, he became the fastest player to ever reach that milestone, having played just 53 games.
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