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Stafford named PFW/PFWA Comeback Player of the Year

Posted by ttwentyman on January 16, 2012 – 3:28 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford‘s assault on the Lions’ records book this season has earned him the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers Association 2011 Comeback Player of the Year award.

The award has been given out since 1972 (except 1985) and the last Lions’ player to win Comeback Player of the Year was Greg Landry in 1976. In 1992, PFW and PFWA joined together for annual awards.

Stafford is also up for the Associated Press’ Comeback Player award to be announced on Super Bowl eve.

Stafford set Lions’ single-season records for passing yards (5,038), touchdowns (41), completions (421), attempts (663) and quarterback rating (97.2).

“I see him as one of the top quarterbacks in the league,” said Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. “I don’t think anybody’s holding out and still evaluating that. Five thousand yards, 41 touchdowns – he’s a great, young player. He’s 23 years old and he’s a franchise quarterback, so I was really thrilled to see what he did.”

Stafford missed 19 games due to injury his first two seasons in the NFL, 13 of those coming last year when he injured his throwing shoulder on two separate occasions.

With a healthy Stafford for 16 games this season, the Lions won 10 games for the first time since 1995 and qualified for their first playoffs in 12 years.

Stafford became the second youngest player behind Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino to throw for 5,000 yards in a season and was at his best when the season was on the line. Stafford threw for 1,511 yards and 14 touchdowns over the final four games of the regular season when the Lions were fighting for a playoff spot.

Receiver Calvin Johnson was named to the PFW/PFWA All-Pro team.


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16 Responses to “Stafford named PFW/PFWA Comeback Player of the Year”

  1. By Rick Pisano on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    The award is well deserved. Stafford is an outstanding young QB who will continue to improve and ultimately lead the Lions to a Super Bowl victory.

  2. By Sandra McDuffie on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great job Stafford! Now on the off season hang out with some babseball buddies learn to slide. I would like to see you run more and pick up a few 1st downs. Keep up the good work! I love my DETROIT DANGEROUS Lions!

  3. By John Sharp on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    I received a Stafford jersey for Christmas. The last QB that played for the Lions that I really liked and felt was capable of leading the Lions.

    Stafford will hols every career Lions QB stat and the Lions will be a playoff team and Super Bowl contender during his career.

  4. By tony on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    i allways knew in my heart that we have a star QB , were lucky to have mathew stafford on the lions Team ,

    NEXT YEAR LIONS SUPERBOWL

  5. By Eddie Hiller on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    I am glad for Matt. He has earned the right to have that award he worked hard for it.

    Great job Matthew.

    Go Lions

  6. By Jeff Newcombe on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    Good to see this, Matthew had a fantastic year best ever for a Lions Quarterback. At 23 the skies the limit for him. Really happy for you Matt!!

  7. By N.LEE on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    there is no doubt in my mind that he should not have won this award!!! good job this year matthew!!!

  8. By Alane Bergstrom on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    I am so happy for Matt. He really does deserve those honors. Matt is a great quarterback. Great job Matt.

  9. By Richard Heyman on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Stafford is the BEST QB the Lions have had since Bobby Lane, and most probably better than him. If he and CJ can stay healthy they will set more and more passing records as the years go by. Matt is in the league with Brett Favre (arm wise) he can throw passes that get intercepted by other QBs in this league. That is why we need a new Center to be drafted, so he can sit and learn behind Raiola for a while, until he retires. That kid from Wisconsin will be a great run blocker and more protection up the center for Stafford. Raiola got blown into the backfield several times against the Saints.

  10. By Rick on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    That is Fantastic! Now he needs a defensive backfield to keep points off the scoreboard!

  11. By gibbyfan23 on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    2 players Detroit needs to be looking at are,Truman johnson,MONTANA, big, tall, physical DB’s with spped and is a hitter, and Lamichael James,rb, OREGON, i don’t need to say more, he’s a darren sproles type player, qwick,north&south runner,who in the open field will make a player miss, can score from any where and has great hands out of the b.field

  12. By gibbyfan23 on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    another RB to watch for and could be taken in the 3rd is Isiah Pead,Cincinnati, we’ll have M.Lashoure back, and we can pick up a DB in the 1st, a lineman,in the 2cd and Pead in the 3rd, with Pead as the change of pace back, go get a smash mouth fullback in free agency, that way we can concentrate all our efforts on the D-side of the team in the 1st, the O-line in the 2cd and more weapons for Matt, in the 3rd&4th rds., there’s a few Defensive free agents that we can look at,worth taken, Mayhew and Schwartz will get it handled,Cunningham will mad scientist the Wide-9 and the defense will have played it a couple years now to be comfortable, with there scheduale of the teams Detroit play’s this year, 12-13 wins is not far fetched, and a home field playoff game,with a possible of a shot at the Championship game.

  13. By Don on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mathew Stafford was fantastic this year.
    and Calvin Johnson Was right there to make those great catch’s that Mat was throwing. It Was Great to watch those Two gathering those Touchdowns.
    And Titus Young and Burlison, were right there also.
    I only expect things to get Better and Better With this Offence.
    And with this Offensive Line playing the way that they did helped make it a Great year in The Passing situations.
    There is talk of the Line Getting old, and that may be true, However to me this line has just started to gel somewhat.
    I do know that we have to get some new talent up front for the future.
    And knowing that it takes a while to bring men in and get them gelling together, Then it really looks like we need to go and get Good offensive linemen Now, and start filtering them in and get them ready to take over.

    It is also time to go out and either Draft or buy in FA, a Cornerback and possibly another Safety. Those last Two Games, the Games in which we needed our 2ndry to step up and play Above thier own ability was when they all looked like Deer in the headlights!

  14. By Don on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    Oh And congrats! To Mathew on the PFW/PFWA Comback Player of the Year! 5,038 yards! OH Man that just Puts one of the Baggest smiles on my face. 41 TDs (: LOL I knew it ! You Go Boy!
    And Congrats to Calvin also on the PFW/PFWA All Pro Team! It was Great Watching you go up and pick them out of the air and Muscle those balls into your arms when the CBs and Safeties were Drapping thierselves all over you Commiting Passing enterferances that a Ton more should have been called against them, But YOU comming down with the Ball anyway NO Matter what they tried to do! Your the Man Calvin!
    Hopefully, You and Matt Can break even more records next year!
    More TD’s and More Yards!

  15. By Luis Vilanova on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    A truly memorable season! As a Lion´s fan since 1988, we´ve been jinxed with drafting franchise QB´s and have had to settle for chokers like Rodney Pete, Andre Ware, Scott Mitchell, Charlie Batch, Jon Kitna, Joey Harrington ..Come on! Looking back at these past seasons I´ve been very proud of how the Lions have drafted and signed free agents!! We´re really on to something next year. Kudos to the veterans Hanson, Raiola, Backus!!! Give these guys credit for sticking with the team through thick and thin!!!!
    Looking forward to seeing a brand new defense in 2012 anchored by Vanden Bosch, Delmas, Suh, and Fairley

  16. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Super Bowl MVP is next!

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