Heart of a Lion, Matthew Stafford Finished Last Season with a Broken Back

Matthew Stafford gets crushed during the Los Angeles Rams - Detroit Lions game.

When it comes to Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions fans are split and sometimes it’s not even down the middle.

To call the soon-to-be 10-year veteran quarterback of the Lions polarizing is a bit of an understatement, however the one thing that can never be questioned is his toughness.

From day one, Stafford has had a gamer mentality and a hard as nails approach to the game. Back in 2009 during the Detroit Lions week 11 match-up against the Cleveland Browns, then a rookie, Stafford broke his left shoulder after taking a hit from CJ Mosley in the waning moments of the game.

Stafford would later say, “It was my left shoulder and you don't really need it to throw,” when recounting what his thought process was just before he led the Lions to a 38-37 win with eight seconds left to play.


According to Mike O’Hara of DetroitLions.com, Stafford played the end of last season with broken bones in his back. The injury apparently took place during the December 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Stafford would go on to miss practice the next week, but suited up and played against the Arizona Cardinals.

When discussing Stafford's durability, O'Hara would say, “As it turns out, he had a broken back last year, broken bones in his back.”

Stafford gets hit again in the Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions game.

Stafford would finish out the remaining games of the season starting in all three.

You may not be a fan of Stafford, or like his contract, but you can never question his heart or toughness.He is a foxhole general that leads by example.

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