The Bobby Layne Award is presented to the Offensive Most Valuable Player.
This award is given in memory of quarterback Bobby Layne who sparked the Lions to three NFL Championships and four Western Division titles during the 1950s, including back-to-back world championships in 1952 and '53. He established virtually every career passing record, including attempts (2,193), completions (1,074), yardage (15,710), and touchdown passes (118). Layne was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
This year's Bobby Layne Offensive MVP Award, as voted by the players, goes to quarterback Matthew Stafford.
- Stafford surpassed 30,000 yards in the fewest games (109) ever by a quarterback in NFL history. He broke the previous record of 114 set by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino and QB Kurt Warner.
View photos of Matthew Stafford from the 2016 season.
- He joined Peyton Manning, Marino and Matt Ryan as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 30,000 yards in their first eight seasons.
- Stafford finished the 2016 regular season with 4,327 passing yards, reaching 4,000 in a season for the sixth time in his career and for the sixth-consecutive season.
- He joined Manning as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in six of a player's first eight seasons.
- Stafford set a new team single-season passing record for percentage of passes intercepted this season. In 16 games, he compiled an interception percentage of 1.7 (594 attempts, 10 interceptions). He broke the Lions record among qualifying quarterbacks (min. 200 attempts) that was set in 1998 by QB Charlie Batch (2.0pct ; 303 attempts, 6 interceptions).
- Stafford led the Lions on an NFL-record eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2016.
- His 26 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011 lead the NFL.
- Stafford's 388 completions in 2016 rank fourth all-time in Lions history.
- Stafford also concluded the 2016 season with the second-best single-season completion percentage in Lions history, completing 388 of his 594 pass attempts (65.3 percent).
- His 24 touchdown passes in 2016 tie for sixth most in franchise history for a single season.
- His 96 consecutive starts represent the fourth longest active streak among NFL quarterbacks.