- Placed on Reserve/Injured list by the Lions August 3, 2007.
- Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
PRO: One of the team’s backup up quarterbacks who continues to progress in his development. Passer whose mobility adds additional dimension to abilities at quarterback.
- Has appeared in 12 games (four starts) during his career, and has completed 104-of-187 passes for 1,158 yards. Has also rushed 30 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
- Stanton saw his first game action during the regular season in 2008. He threw a touchdown pass on his first ever pass attempt while being featured in a goal-line package.
- After being drafted by Detroit in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, Stanton’s rookie season ended before it really began as he was placed on Reserve/Injured after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery during training camp.
2011: Team’s third quarterback.
- Inactive in season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11), vs. Kansas City (9/18), at Minnesota (9/25), at Dallas (10/2), vs Chicago (10/10) and vs. San Francisco (10/16).
2010: Served as the team's third quarterback. Completed 69-of-119 passes (58.0 pct.) for 780 yards with 5 touchdowns. Started three games and was 2-1 as a starter.
- Came into the game at quarterback after QB Shaun Hill suffered a broken forearm at the New York Giants (10/17). Threw for 222-yards passing and 1 touchdown. 87-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson was a career long pass, and the longest scoring play of the season for the Lions. He also establish career highs in passing attempts (34), passing completions (19), passing yards (222), tie for passing touchdowns (1), rushing yards (30) and longest rush (20).
- Saw action in the fourth quarter vs. the New York Jets (11/7) subbing for QB Matthew Stafford who left game with shoulder injury.
- Back-up quarterback at Buffalo (11/14), at Dallas (11/21) and against New England (11/25).
- Made second career start against Chicago (12/5). Threw for 178 yards passing as he was 16-of-24. Tossed one TD to Calvin Johnson (46 yards), and rushed for another. Registered a career-high passing rating of 102.4.
- Stanton registered a 102.4 passer rating vs, Chicago (12/5) in his second start with the club. Stanton is the first quarterback to record a passer rating of 102.0 in their first or second start with the team since QB Gus Frerotte (110.5) did it in his first start at Arizona November 14, 1999. Stanton joins Frerotte, QB Eric Hipple (first start: 140.4 in vs. Chi 10/19/81), QB Bill Munson (128.4 vs. Chi 9/22/68; second start:107.5 at GB 9/29/68), QB Milt Plum (first start: 128.6 vs. Pit 9/16/62; second start: vs. SF 153.8 9/23/62) and QB Tobin Rote (134.8 at SF 11/3/57) and the only Lions passers since 1950 to accumulate a 102.0 passer rating in the first or second start with the team.
- Threw game winning 13-yard touchdown pass to TE Will Heller against Green Bay (12/12) in the fourth quarter. Was 10-of-22 passing, and rushed for 44-yards on four attempts, including a long of 17.
- Career high of 37 pass attempts, 23 completions and 252 passing yards, and tied career high one passing touchdown in overtime win at Tampa Bay (12/19). It was his second career win, second career game-winning fourth quarter comeback and the second in consecutive weeks.
- 91.3 passer rating vs. the Buccaneers was his second-highest total among his career starts and the second in three games that he tallied a passing rating over 90.0.
- Led scoring drive at Tampa Bay in the final minute of the first half, regulation and in overtime.
- Engineered game-tying 58-yard drive with 1:39 left to play with no timeouts that culminated in a 28-yard field goal that notched the score at 20-20. All 58 yards on the drive occurred via pass.
- Back-up quarterback at Miami (12/26) and against Minnesota (1/2).
2009: Appeared in three games (one start) completing 26 of 52 passes for 259 yards with six interceptions. Selected as the Detroit Lions' 2009 Robert Porcher Man of the Year, an award that recognizes off-the-field community service. Stanton is one of 32 finalists, one from each NFL team, who receives $1,000 for his foundation and is a finalist for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year honor.
- Inactive as the third quarterback in season opener at New Orleans (9/13).
- Served as team's second quarterback, did not play, vs. Pittsburgh (10/11) and at Baltimore (12/13).
- Saw game time at Green Bay (10/18) after Daunte Culpepper left the game with a hamstring injury and completed five passes for 57 yards and two interceptions.
- Selected as the Detroit Lions' 2009 Robert Porcher Man of the Year, an award that recognizes off-the-field community service. Stanton is one of 32 finalists, one from each NFL team, who receives $1,000 for his foundation and is a finalist for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year honor.
- Saw most extensive actions of his three-year career. Played second half vs. Arizona (12/20) completing 10 of 19 passes (both career highs) for 72 yards. Scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 1-yard QB sneak to tie the game at 24 in the fourth quarter.
- Led two fourth quarter game-tying drive against the Cardinals.
- Made first career start, completing 11 of 21 passes for 130 yards at San Francisco (12/27).
2008: Served as backup. Saw action in four games. Was 9-17 for 119 yards and 1 TD.
- Inactive (third quarterback) for season opener at Atlanta (9/7), vs. Green Bay (9/14), at San Francisco (9/21) and vs. Chicago (10/5).
- Elevated to back-up quarterback at Minnesota (10/12).
- Saw extended playing time vs. Jacksonville (11/9). Completed 6-of-8 for 94 yards and his first career touchdown pass. Completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE John Owens on his first career pass attempt. He became only the third quarterback in the NFL in the past 10 years (Matt Ryan in 2008 and Michael Bishop in 2000) whose first career pass attempt was a TD pass. The only Lion to do this in team history was QB Chuck Long when he hit Leonard Thompson on a 37-yard pass on his first career attempt at Tampa Bay (11/23/86).
- Saw limited playing time in third quarter vs. Tampa Bay (11/23) and completed 2-of-6 passes for 13 yards. Had to leave game with injury.
- Inactive vs. Tennessee (11/27) due to a concussion.
2007: Placed on Reserve/Injured list on August 3, 2007 after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
COLLEGE: Ranks second in school history with 543 of 846 passes for 6,524 yards, fifth with 42 touchdowns and ninth with 28 interceptions. He carried 332 times for 1,512 yards (4.6 avg) and 15 scores. His 1,512 yards are the second-most ever by a Spartans quarterback. He saw action in 1,178 plays, ranking second in MSU annals with 8,036 yards in total offense. Gained 8,036 yards in total offense, ranking second on MSU all-time record list. Threw for at least 200 yards in 14 consecutive games (beginning with the 2004 season finale vs. Hawaii until the Eastern Michigan clash in 2006), setting a school record. His athletic ability was used as a freshman on special teams units, where he appeared in 13 games on cover units, garnering 13 tackles.
- An All-American and All-Big Ten Conference preseason selection, Stanton started the first 11 games for the Spartans, completing 164 of 269 throws for 1,807 yards and 12 touchdowns and ten interceptions as a senior.
- Earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention from the league's media as a junior. Started every game, ranking eighth in the nation in total offense (310.5 ypg), 10th in passing efficiency (153.4), 11th in points responsible for (15.64 ppg) and 13th in passing yardage per game (279.73).
- 2005 semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
- In 2004, named Academic All-Big Ten Conference for the second year in a row. Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media.
- Presented the Governor's Award as the team's Most Valuable Player.
- Academic All-Big Ten Conference choice as a redshirt freshman. Appeared in 13 games on special teams, but only saw limited action at quarterback against Rutgers, Indiana, Wisconsin and Penn State game.
- Redshirted as a freshman in 2002. Selected Spartan Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern.
PERSONAL: Kinesiology major, earning Academic All-American honors as a junior in 2005 and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference squad three times.
- Son of Christine and Gaylord Stanton
- Born May 7, 1984.• Attended Harrison (Farmington Hills, Mich.) High School, playing football for Head Coach John Herrington, a former Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Year.
- Earned Super Prep, Prep Star and Max Emfinger All-American honors as a senior. Rated among the nation's top 20 quarterbacks by Super Prep, Student Sports Magazine, TheInsiders.com and ESPN.com's Tom Lemming.
- Also ranked seventh among the country's top passing quarterbacks by USA Today's Max Emfinger.
- Listed among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 15) and Super Prep (No. 17) and ranked among the state's top seniors by The Detroit News (third), Lansing State Journal (third) and Detroit Free Press (sixth).
- Named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream teams.
- The two-year starter completed 234 of 357 career passes (65.5%) for 5,293 yards and 58 touchdowns and only nine interceptions while leading Harrison High to back-to-back state titles in 2000-01.
- Connected on 132 of 196 throws (67.3%) for 2,822 yards and 31 touch-downs as a senior, as his passing yards and scoring tosses mark the fifth-best single-season totals in state history.
- Also rushed for 350 yards (47 carries) and nine scores in 2001.
- Accounted for 259 total yards and three touchdowns in the 2001 state Division 3 championship game vs. Fruitport as Harrison capped off its perfect season (14-0) with a 28-6 victory. He hit 14-of-18 passes for 210 yards and two TDs and scored on a 24-yard run in the second quarter.
- Completed 102 of 161 throws (63.4%) for 2,471 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior. During that season, he threw for 163 yards and two scores plus ran for another touchdown in a 42-0 win over East Lansing in the 2000 state championship game.
- Also lettered in baseball as a shortstop/pitcher, batting .561 as a junior, including three homers and four triples.
STANTON'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:
- Passing Attempts: 34 at NYG 10/17/10
- Passing Completions: 19 at NYG 10/17/10
- Passing Yards: 222 at NYG 10/17/10
- Completion Percentage: 75.0 vs. Jax 10/9/08
- Long Pass: 87t at NYG 10/17/10
- Passing Touchdowns: 1 (twice) Last at NYG 10/17/10
- Passing Rating: 102.4 vs. Chi 12/5/10
- Rushing Attempts: 6 at SF 12/27/09
- Rushing Yards: 30 at NYG 10/17/10
- Long Rush: 20 at NYG 10/17/10
- Rushing Touchdown: 1 (twice) Last vs. CHI 12/5/10