Team

Matthew Stafford
QB #9
Height:
6-3
Weight:
234
Age:
26
College:
Georgia
Hometown:
Dallas, Texas
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2013):

TDS
29
INT
19
YDS
4,650
RTG
84.2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
TOTAL 1,485 2,497 17,457 7 109 73 116 842 83.1 118 392 3.3 9 29 11
2013 DET 16 16 371 634 4,650 7.3 29 19 23 168 84.2 37 69 1.9 2 12 4
2012 DET 16 16 435 727 4,967 6.8 20 17 29 212 79.8 35 126 3.6 4 6 4
2011 DET 16 16 421 663 5,038 7.6 41 16 36 257 97.2 22 78 3.5 0 5 1
2010 DET 3 3 57 96 535 5.6 6 1 4 36 91.3 4 11 2.8 1 2 1
2009 DET 10 10 201 377 2,267 6 13 20 24 169 61 20 108 5.4 2 4 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultPassingRushingFumbles
CompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
1 MIN W 34-24 28 43 65.1 357 8.3 2 1 0 0 96.8 6 -3 -0.5 0 1 0
2 @ARI L 21-25 24 36 66.7 278 7.7 2 0 1 5 108.3 2 1 0.5 0 1 1
3 @WAS W 27-20 25 42 59.5 385 9.2 2 1 1 7 95.8 1 2 2 0 -- --
4 CHI W 40-32 23 35 65.7 242 6.9 1 1 1 14 83.3 5 8 1.6 1 2 1
5 @GB L 9-22 25 40 62.5 262 6.6 1 0 5 40 89.8 1 -1 -1 0 1 0
6 @CLE W 31-17 25 43 58.1 248 5.8 4 1 1 0 95.9 2 6 3 0 -- --
7 CIN L 24-27 28 51 54.9 357 7 3 0 0 0 96.6 -- -- -- -- -- --
8 DAL W 31-30 33 48 68.8 488 10.2 1 2 1 8 91.3 3 12 4 1 -- --
10 @CHI W 21-19 18 35 51.4 219 6.3 3 1 0 0 87.7 2 -1 -0.5 0 1 0
11 @PIT L 27-37 19 46 41.3 362 7.9 2 1 2 18 74.7 3 24 8 0 -- --
12 TB L 21-24 26 46 56.5 297 6.5 3 4 2 11 61.6 2 6 3 0 -- --
13 GB W 40-10 22 35 62.9 330 9.4 3 2 1 10 98.5 1 8 8 0 1 1
14 @PHI L 20-34 10 25 40 151 6 0 0 0 0 60.6 6 -1 -0.2 0 5 1
15 BAL L 16-18 18 34 52.9 235 6.9 1 3 1 5 48 2 9 4.5 0 -- --
16 NYG L 20-23 25 42 59.5 222 5.3 0 2 2 15 53.9 1 -1 -1 0 -- --
17 @MIN L 13-14 22 33 66.7 217 6.6 1 0 5 35 95.1 -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

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  • Placed on Reserve/Injured by the Lions December 26, 2009.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (1st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

2011: Team’s third-year starting quarterback who was named an offensive team captain for the second consecutive year. Has completed 385-of-604 passes (63.7 pct.) for 4,518 yards and 36 TDs, with a passer rating of 96.6. Among League leaders Week 16, Stafford is second in completions (385), fifth in yards (4,518), tied for third in touchdowns (36), fifth in completion percentage (63.7) and sixth in passer rating (96.6).

  • He is the second youngest quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdown passes in a season. He is second only to QB Dan Marino in 1984. Stafford did so at the age of 23 years, 23 months and 10 days, and Marino accomplished it at 23 years, 2 months and 17 days.
  • Stafford’s 4,518 passing yards on the season is the most in franchise history for a single-season breaking the record set by QB Scott Mitchell (4,338) in 1995.
  • One of only three quarterbacks 23 years or younger (Dan Marino, 5084 in 1984; Drew Bledsoe, 4,555 in 1994) in NFL history  to throw for 4,500 yards in a season.
  • Stafford has 385 completions on the season, which is a new team single-season record. He set a new park by surpassing QB Jon Kitna’s 372 completions in 2006.
  • He has 604 attempts in 2011, breaking Kitna’s team record (596 in 2006) for attempts in a season. He is the first quarterback in team history to attempt 600 passes in a season.
  • For the Month of September, Stafford was 79-of-118 (66.9 pct.) for 977 yards and 9 touchdowns. His rating for the month was 110.7. Stafford ranked among the NFL leaders, including 5th in yards (3rd in NFC), tied for 2nd in passing touchdowns (tied for 1st in NFC) and 3rd in passer rating ((2nd in NFC).
  • His 325.7 passing yards per game was the highest for the month of September in team history.
  • In the Lions' season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11), registered 305 yards passing (24-of-33, 72.7 pct.) in the Lions win, the most by a Lions quarterback on the road to open the season. It also marked Stafford's second career 300-yard game.
  • In the first half alone, he threw for 265 yards, the third most by a Lions passer in the first half of a game since 1991, and it's Stafford's second highest first-half total of his career. He threw for 270 yards in the first half vs. Cleveland (11/22/09).
  • His 305 yards was also the third 300-yard passing game by a Lions quarterback on opening day, and he became only the second player in team history to accomplish this feat. The last time was QB Bobby Layne (364 vs. Pittsburgh, 9/27/53 and 310 vs. Washington, 9/30/51).
  • In the Lions' season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11), registered 305 yards passing (24-of-33, 72.7 pct.) in the Lions win, the most by a Lions quarterback on the road to open the season. It also marked Stafford's second career 300-yard game.
  • Set a new single game career-high with a quarterback rating of 118.9. It was the highest passer rating posted by a Lions quarterback on opening day since QB Gary Danielson registered a 119.6 vs. San Francisco (9/2/84). It is also the highest passer rating recorded by a Lions quarterback on the road in an opener dating back to at least 1950.
  • His 3 touchdown passes against the Bucs, marked his third career game throwing at least three touchdowns.
  • Finished the home opener vs. Kansas City (9/18) 23-of-39 (58.9 pct) for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns, ending the day with a 106.1 passer rating. His four touchdown passes mark the third career game of having at least 4 touchdown passes.
  • By recording back-to-back games with a passer rating over 100.0 (118.9 last week at Tampa Bay), he accomplished that feat for the first time for the Lions since QB Jon Kitna in 2007 (100.5 at Philadelphia 9//23 and vs. Chicago 9/30). It is the first time that a Lions quarterback had a passer rating over 100.0 in the first two games of the season since Gary Danielson in 1984 (119.6 vs. San Francisco, 9/24 and 110.2 at Atlanta 9/9).
  • Stafford found WR Calvin Johnson on 2 touchdown passes in the game, marking the second time in the season's first two games that they have connected for 2 touchdowns. In the last three games that Stafford has started and completed (including last year's win vs. Washington 10/31/10), he has thrown 7 touchdown passes to Johnson.
  • Helped turn the Lions 20-0 halftime deficit at Minnesota (9/25) into a 26-23 win in overtime by completing 32-of-46 passes (69.6 pct.) for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns. He finished with a quarterback rating of 108.8.
  • After trailing at halftime 20-0, Stafford completed 22-of-30 passes for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns with a passer rating of 129.0 in the second half and overtime. His 314 yards in the second half and overtime. His 314 yards in the second half and overtime are the most in the League this season after halftime in a single game.
  • Stafford's 378 yards was his third career game throwing for 300+ yards. He has three career 300-yard games in his first 16 career starts.
  • With two passing touchdowns, both to WR Calvin Johnson, Stafford become only the second Lions quarterback (Milt Plum, 1962) to throw for 9 touchdowns in the season's first three games.
  • With 378 yards in the Lions win at Minnesota (9/25), Stafford has now accumulated 977 yards in the season's first three games. He is the 8th Lions quarterback (9 times overall) to register 900 yards in a three-game stretch, and his 977 yards are the third-most all-time in team history in a three-game span. With regards to the first three games of the season, Stafford's 977 are the second-most all-time to begin a season in franchise history.
  • Through three games, Stafford has registered a 110.7 passer rating. He became the fifth quarterback in team history to accumulate a 100.0 passer rating through the season's first three games.
  • At Dallas (10/2), engineered his fourth career comeback win. Finished the day 21-of-43 for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, he was 10-of-16 for 121 yards and completed both scores for a fourth quarter QB rating of 125.3.
  • Stafford was 19-of-26 for 219 yards and had 2 touchdown passes in the Lions 24-13 win vs. Chicago to push the team’s record to 5-0, their best start since 1956. He connected with WR Calvin Johnson on a 73-yard touchdown pass, the second time in his career he has connected with Johnson on a 70+-yard TD pass.
  • Connected on 28-of-50 passes for 293 yards and threw for 2 touchdowns vs. San Francisco (10/16). He has thrown 2 touchdown passes in each of the season’s first six games.
  • He was 21-of-30 for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns at Denver (10/30). His passer rating was 130.8. The 130.8 rating is the highest of his career. He connected on touchdown passes of 56 (Calvin Johnson) and 41 yards (Titus Young).
  • His 63 passing attempts at Chicago (11/13) set a new franchise record for a single game.
  • He threw for 329 yards at Chicago (11/13) which was his fourth career 300-yard passing game. That ties Gary Danielson for fourth on the Lions all-time list for career 300-yard passing games.
  • Stafford connected on 5 touchdown passes vs. Carolina (11/20) which ties a team single-game record (Gary Danielson vs. Min 12/9/78 and Stafford vs. Cle 11/22/09).
  • Stafford became the first player in team history to throw 5 touchdowns twice during his career.
  • He also became the first player in team history to pass for 4 touchdowns in game four times in his career. He broke the previous mark set by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne who had 3 career games with 4 touchdown passes.
  • By passing for 335 yards vs. Carolina (11/20), he now has 5 career 300-yard games tying Layne for the third-most in team history.
  • Stafford’s 77.8 completion percentage was the highest single-game tally for a Lions quarterback with at least 35 pass attempts.
  • Through the first 10 games, Stafford has thrown for 2,843 yards. It is the highest total by a Lions quarterback through 10 games in team history. The previous high was 2,673 by QB Jon Kitna in 2007.
  • He also has 25 touchdown passes on the year. He is tied with Layne (25, 1951) for the most touchdown passes through 10 games in team history.
  • It is the fifth time in Stafford’s career that he has led the Lions to victory after trailing or being tied in the fourth quarter.
  • In Stafford’s two career games with 5 touchdown passes, he found 5 different receivers for scores in both games.
  • He threw for 276 yards vs. Green Bay (11/24), moving his season total to 3,119. He has the most passing yards by any Lions quarterback through the season’s first 11 games in team history (previous best was QB Jon Kitna 2,897 in 2007). His is the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for 3,000 yards in the season’s first 11 games.
  • He also threw a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson in the fourth quarter giving him 26 touchdowns on the season. He tied Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (26, 1951) for the second-highest single-season tally in team history. QB Scott Mitchell holds the team record with 32 in 1995.
  • Stafford’s 26 touchdown passes through 11 games ties Layne (26, 1951) for the most touchdown passes by a Lions quarterback through 11 games in team history.
  • He also added a 22-yard rush vs. Green Bay – the longest run of his career.
  • Stafford completed 31-of-44 passes (70.5 pct) for 408 yards and 1 TD with a passer rating of 97.5 at New Orleans (12/4). It was the fourth game this season he has completed over 30 passes and the fifth time he has passed for 300 yards. Additionally, he completed passes to 10 different receivers.
  • He became the first quarterback in team history to register two 400-yard passing games.
  • Stafford has now surpassed 300 yards for the sixth time in his career. He passed Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (5) for third on the Lions all-time list for career 300-yard passing games.
  • With 31 pass completions vs. the Saints, Stafford passed QB Scott Mitchell (293 in 1997) for fifth on the team’s single-season pass completions list. He now has 307 on the season.
  • By reaching 300 pass completions in 2011, he become the fourth passer in team history to record 300 completions in a season, and this is the fifth time overall that a quarterback accomplished this feat. He joins QB Jon Kitna (372 in 2006, 355 in 2007), QB Scott Mitchell (346 in 1995) and QB Joey Harrington (309 in 2003) to complete 300 passes in a year.
  • Stafford’s 9-yard pass to RB Maurice Morris near the end of the third quarter was his 27th on the season. He moved past Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (26, 1951) for the second-most touchdowns by a Lions quarterback in a single-season.
  • His 408 yards moved his season total to 3,527 yards. Against the Saints, he passed QB Gary Danielson (3223 in 1980) and QB Scott Mitchell (3,484 in 1997) to move to fourth place on the team’s single-season passing yards list.
  • He completed 20-of-29 passes (68.9 pct) for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. Minnesota (12/11). He has thrown a touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games. and at least 2 touchdown passes in nine of the Lions 13 games this season.
  • He now has the most completions (Jon Kitna, 309 in 2006), yards (Scott Mitchell, 3470 in 1995) and touchdown passes (Scott Mitchell, 26 in 1995) through the first 13 games of a season for a Lions quarterback.
  • He went 29-of-55 (55.8 pct.) for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns at Oakland (12/18). With 4 touchdowns, he broke the Lions single-season touchdown record with 33 this season. He passed QB Scott Mitchell who threw for 32 in 1995.
  • Stafford led the Lions on a 7-play, 98-yard drive with 2:14 left and no timeouts that resulted in a 6-yard pass to WR Calvin Johnson with :39 seconds to play in the game to capture the lead at 28-27. On the previous fourth quarter drive, Stafford led the Lions on a 7-play, 71-yard drive to culminated with a 3-yard pass to rookie WR Titus Young with 4:49 left to play that moved the Lions within six points at 27-21.
  • He threw for 143 yards on the Lions final two drives that resulted in touchdowns, including 91 on the game-winning drive.
  • Stafford also converted perhaps the biggest fourth-down conversion of the season with the Lions facing 4th-and-2 at the Oakland 8-yards line with 5:36 left to play and trailing 27-14. He took the snap in shotgun formation and ran a quarterback draw that was originally called a pass play. Stafford ran for the first down when the rest of the offense was playing the pass play called. He gave the team a first down and on the next play Stafford converted the touchdown on the next play.
  • Stafford went 29-of-36 for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns vs. San Diego (12/24). His 80.6 completion percentage set a new team single-game record for completion percentage by a passer with at least 25 attempts and his 137.6 rating is the highest by a Lions quarterback in a game by a quarterback who registered at least 35 pass attempts.

2010: Team's second-year starting quarterback who was named an offensive team captain.

  • Started and played the first two quarters of the season opener at Chicago (9/12) before getting hit near the end of the half, forcing him out of the game with a shoulder injury. Finished with 11 of 15 completions for 83 yards.
  • Inactive vs. Philadelphia (9/19), at Minnesota (9/26), at Green Bay (10/3) and vs. St. Louis (10/10) due to a shoulder injury suffered in season opener.
  • Listed as third quarterback at the New York Giants (10/17).
  • Returned as starting quarterback in 37-25 win against Washington (10/31) after missing previous five games due to shoulder injury. Threw four touchdown passes, including game-winning touchdown to Calvin Johnson with 3:12 to take 28-25 lead. Threw for 212 yards on 25 completions, and finished with a 90.2 passer rating. It marked Stafford's second career fourth-quarter come-from-behind win.
  • His 4 touchdown passes are the second-highest single game tally of his career. He joins QB Bobby Layne (4), QB Gary Danielson (2), QB Eric Hipple (2) and QB Scott Mitchell (2) as the only passers in team history with at least two games of 4 touchdown passes, and Stafford is the first player in team history to do it twice in his first two years with the club.
  • Stafford became the first Lions' quarterback to throw four touchdowns in a game which all four touchdowns gave the Lions the lead.
  • In the second half vs. the Redskins, Stafford was 18-of-27 (66.7 pct) for 140 yards and threw for 3 touchdowns. His quarterback rating was 116.3, the highest tally in a second half of a game during his career.
  • Completed 20-of-36 passes for 240 yards and threw for two touchdowns vs. the New York Jets, and he finished with a passer rating of 94.7. With a 90.2 passer rating vs. Washington (10/31), it marked the first time in his two-year career he has registered passer ratings of 90.0 in back-to-back games. Also ran for third career rushing touchdown. Left game in fourth quarter due to shoulder injury.
  • Inactive (right shoulder) at Buffalo (11/14), at Dallas (11/21), against New England (11/25), against Chicago (12/50, against Green Bay (12/12) and at Tampa Bay (12/19).
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured December 24, 2010 due to right shoulder injury.

2009: Completed 201-of-377 passes (53.3) for 2,267 yards during his rookie campaign. His 13 touchdown passes is a Lions' rookie passing record. Was one of four rookie starters (TE Brandon Pettigrew, S Louis Delmas and DT Sammie Hill) in season opener. It was the first time Detroit has had four rookie starters on opening day since 1978 when DB Luther Bradley, DE Al Baker, T William Fifer and G Homer Elias made their starting debut). First Lions rookie quarterback to start the season since QB Greg Landry in 1968. Was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 11) and voted Pepsi Rookie of the Week (Week 11) for his efforts in Lions 38-37 win vs. Cleveland (11/22).

  • Made his first career start in the season opener at New Orleans (9/13). Completed 16-of-37 passes for 205 yards and ran in for a 1-yard touchdown.
  • Stafford (21 years, 218 days old) was the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since QB Drew Bledsoe (21 years, 203 days old) started for the New England Patriots in the 1993 season opener.
  • Connected on his first career passing touchdown on a 8-yard pass to WR Calvin Johnson vs. Minnesota (9/20). Completed 18-of-30 passes for 152 yards.
  • Completed 21-of-36 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 87.8 vs. Washington (9/27). Engineered three scoring drives (two TDs and one FG).
  • Connected on 24-of-36 passes for 296 yards, a touchdown and an interception for a quarterback passer rating of 89.6 at Chicago (10/4).
  • Stafford's 221 passing yards in the first half at Chicago (10/4) were the most by a Lions passer since QB Jon Kinta garnered 314 yards in the first half at Philadelphia (9/23/07). Since 1995, Stafford's 221 passing yards in the first half was the fourth highest tally by a Lions passer in the past 15 seasons.
  • Inactive-third quarterback vs. Pittsburgh (10/11) and at Green Bay (10/18) due to knee injury.
  • Returned to the starting line-up vs. St. Louis (11/1) and completed 14 of 33 passes for 168 yards. Also scored on a 4-yard rushing touchdown for his second rushing score of the year. Stafford has either thrown or run for a touchdown in all five games he has started this year.
  • Connected on 22 of 42 passing attempts for 203 yards and two touchdowns at Seattle (11/8). Set career high with two touchdown passes, including a 7-yard pass to TE Brandon Pettigrew and a 29-yard pass to WR Bryant Johnson.
  • Reached career highs for both attempts (51) and completions (29) for 224 yards and no interceptions at Minnesota (11/15) and passed for his sixth career touchdown on an 8-yard strike to TE Will Heller.
  • Had a record-setting game vs. Cleveland (11/22) in which he completed 26 of 43 passes for a career-high and NFL Rookie Record (previous was Arizona QB Matt Lienart, 405 yards 11/26/06) 422 yards and tied the NFL Rookie Record with five passing touchdowns (tied with Chicago QB Ray Buivid 12/5/37).
  • His 422 yards are the third-highest Lions' single-game total and are the most yards thrown for by a Lions' quarterback in a win.
  • Stafford became just the second rookie in NFL history to throw for five touchdowns in a game and shattered the Lions' previous rookie-high of two. His five touchdowns were thrown to five different receivers.
  • At 21 years, 288 days old, Stafford was the youngest player in NFL history to pass for five touchdowns in a game. Buivid accomplished the feat at 22 years, 112 days old.
  • The five touchdowns also tied for the most by a Lions quarterback in team history (Gary Danielson vs. Minnesota 12/9/78).
  • Stafford completed a 75-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson to set a career-long play. After injuring his shoulder at the end of the game, Stafford returned for the game's final play, connecting on a 1-yard touchdown strike to fellow rookie TE Brandon Pettigrew on an untimed down (following a defensive pass interference penalty) for the game-winning score.
  • Against the Browns, he led the Lions to a 38-37 win after overcoming three different deficits (21, 3 and 6 points). It was his first career fourth quarter comeback win.
  • Stafford's 112.7 passer rating against the Browns was the fourth highest single-game passer rating (highest by rookie quarterback) with over 40 pass attempts since 1970.
  • Completed 20 of 43 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown vs. Green Bay (11/26).
  • His 54-yard touchdown pass to WR Calvin Johnson at Cincinnati (12/6) was his 13th on the season, setting the Lions' rookie passing record for TDs (Joey Harington, 12 in 2002).
  • With the touchdown pass to Johnson against the Bengals, Stafford has thrown or rushed for a touchdown in each of his 10 starts this season. He has also registered touchdown passes in each of the past five games.

COLLEGE: As the first overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, Stafford closed out his three-year career at Georgia ranking third on the school's all-time record list for yards passing (7,731), pass attempts (987), completed passes (564), touchdown passes (51), touchdowns responsible for (57), and yards in total offense (7,944). In 34 starting assignments, he compiled a 27-7 record (.794). Stafford enjoyed his most successful collegiate season in 2008 starting in all 13 games and completed 235-of-383 passes (both fourth on the school season-record list) for 3,459 yards (second-best season total by a Bulldog passer), compiling a .6136 pass completion percentage. He also set the Bulldog season-record with 25 touchdown tosses and 10 interceptions and averaged 9.03 yards per pass attempt, the third-best season total in Georgia history. His passing efficiency rating of 153.54 is the second-best annual mark in school annals. Also ran for 40 yards and a score on 55 carries (0.7 avg). On 423 plays, he amassed a school season-record 3,499 yards in total offense (269.15 yards per game), along with being responsible for 26 touchdowns (third on the Georgia season-record list). Known for his impressive arm strength, Stafford displays the compact and quick delivery that allows him to get the ball off on time. He is the classic drop-back quarterback, possessing the proper depth and footwork dropping back from center to efficiently scan the field and locate his open targets.

2008: Started all thirteen games, as the Capital One Bowl MVP completed 235-of-383 passes (both fourth on the school season-record list) for 3,459 yards (second-best season total by a Bulldog passer), compiling a .6136 pass completion percentage. Set the Bulldog season-record with 25 touchdown tosses and 10 interceptions. Averaged 9.03 yards per pass attempt, the third-best season total in Georgia history. His passing efficiency rating of 153.54 is the second-best annual mark in school annals. Also ran for 40 yards and a score on 55 carries (0.7 avg). On 423 plays, he amassed a school season-record 3,499 yards in total offense (269.15 yards per game), along with being responsible for 26 touchdowns (third on the Georgia season-record list).

  • Earned All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors from the league's coaches and Associated Press.
  • Named one of ten finalists for the Manning Award and one of thirteen semi-finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award.
  • Earned the team's Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player of the Year Award and received SEC Academic Honor Roll distinction for the fall semester.

2007: Stafford started every game, compiling an 11-2 record. Completed 194-of-348 passes (55.75%) for 2,523 yards, 19 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Carried 39 times for losses totaling 18 yards, but also scored twice on the ground. Averaged 192.69 yards per game on 387 total plays for 2,505 yards.

  • The recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Howard Williams, II, Football Scholarship.
  • The team ranked 74th in the nation with an average of 375.62 yards per game, but Stafford proved to be an opportunist, as the Bulldogs placed 34th in scoring (32.62 points per game).
  • The quarterback boasted a 7-1 record in the eight games that he threw for at least 200 yards.

2006: Became the first quarterback to start for Georgia right out of high school since Eriz Zeier in 1991. Completed 135-of-256 passes (52.73%) for 1,749 yards, as he had seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Scored three times and gained 191 yards on 47 carries (4.1 avg). Participated in 303 plays, compiling 1,940 yards in total offense (149.23 yards per game).

  • Graduated from high school early and enrolled at UGA in January. Appeared in thirteen games, compiling a 6-2 record after taking over as the team's starter in the final eight contests.
  • Selected to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference team by the league's coaches, twice earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
  • Recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Howard Williams, ILL, Football Scholarship.
  • Named the team's Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

PERSONAL and HIGH SCHOOL: Born John Matthew Stafford on February 7, 1988. Attended Highland Park (Dallas, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Randy Allen.

  • Parade, Super Prep and USA Today All-American selection.
  • Rated as the best prep passer in the country by Rivals.com and ranked second nationally by both Scout.com and ESPN.
  • Added Prep Star Top 100 honors, as that recruiting service ranked him third in the country at his position.
  • Three-time All-State selection, adding Gatorade Player of the Year, EA Sports National Player of the Year and Dallas Morning News Area Offensive Player of the Year accolades as a senior.
  • Received a five-star prospect rating from both Scout.com and Rivals.com.
  • Chosen Class AAAA Player of the Year by Dave Campbells Texas Football.
  • Named Class AAAA "Mr. Texas Football" from TexasFootball.com.
  • As a senior, Stafford threw for 4,018 yards on 209 of 322 passing and 38 touchdowns, as he led his team to the Class AAAA championship, its first title since1957. Also rushed for 212 yards and eight touchdowns on 42 carries.
  • In the first round of the 2005 state playoffs, he rallied .his team from a 17-0 deficit to win 38-31 with 411 yards passing and four touch-downs.
  • Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tom Landry Classic.
  • Student Sports All-American and All-District choice after his final season.
  • Upon graduation, he was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game and to the EA Sports Elite 11 Camp for the nation's top quarterbacks.
  • During his junior year, Stafford threw for 1,748 yards and 18 touchdowns, as he was named to the Rivals.com Junior All-American Team.
  • As a sophomore, he had 2,945 yards and 36 touchdown passes.
  • Was a Speech Communications major at Georgia
  • Sister, Page, is a student at the University of Georgia.

STAFFORD'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:

  • Passing Attempts: 63 at Chi 11/13/11
  • Passing Completions: 33 at Chi 11/13/11
  • Passing Yards: 422 vs. Cle 11/22/09
  • Completion Percentage: 80.6 vs. SD 12/24/11
  • Pass Touchdowns: 5 (twice) Last vs. Car 11/20/11
  • Passing Rating: 137.6 vs SD 12/24/11
  • Rush Attempts: 4 at Min 11/15/09
  • Rush Yards: 28 at Min 11/15/09
  • Rush Touchdown: 1 (three times) Last vs.NYJ 11/7/10

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