Stafford eyes a Super Bowl title in Los Angeles

Ex-Lions QB entertains championship dreams in new home

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford has played a lot of games and set a lot of records for the Detroit Lions. And after 12 seasons of mostly losing football in the Motor City, the 33-year-old quarterback wants what every NFL player wants: a Super Bowl ring.

This past offseason, he requested and got a trade, to the Los Angeles Rams for two future first round picks, a third round pick in the most recent draft and quarterback Jared Goff. It was a steep price to pay for the Rams, who took a first round exit in the 2020 Divisional playoff, but it might also be the final piece of what could be a championship team.

The Rams and their fans certainly got a taste of that in their Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears, when Stafford completed 20 of 26 passes for 321 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-14 victory over his former NFC North rivals. The uber-efficient performance also drew raves from teammates and head coach Sean McVay, who commented afterward, “You’re not limited in anything you can do in the pass game.”

Stafford brings an impressive resume to L.A., holding Lions all-time records for passing yards (45,109), touchdowns (282), completions (3,898) and wins (74). Given the talent that now surrounds him, Stafford and the Rams hope his move west will bring more milestones to what may be a Hall of Fame career.

Stafford and the Rams can be seen in action Thursday, Oct. 7, when they pay a visit to the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks in a prime-time game airing on Fox.

Player Profile

Full name: John Matthew Stafford

Birth date: Feb. 7, 1988

Birthplace: Dallas

Height/weight: 6 feet 3 inches/220 pounds

Teams: Detroit Lions (2009-20); Los Angeles Rams (2021-present)

Position: Quarterback

College: Georgia

No.: 9

Honors and achievements: NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2011); Pro Bowl selection (2014)

NFL records: Most passing attempts in a single season (727 in 2012); is the fastest player to reach 20,000 (71 games), 30,000 (109 games), 40,000 (147 games) and 45,000 yards passing (165 games)

Career totals (as of Week 1 of 2021): completed 3,918 of 6,250 passes (a 62.7 completion percentage) for 45,430 yards and 285 touchdowns with 144 interceptions; a passer rating of 90.2

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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