November 26, 2009

Matt Stafford Miked Up vs. Browns: As the Detroit Lions carry on their 75-year tradition of playing on Thanksgiving Day, NFL.Com's Sound FX feature shows quarterback Matthew Stafford miked up during the epic last-second comeback win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. The shoulder dislocating hit Stafford took from defensive lineman C.J. Mosley has killed my dream of playing starting quarterback in the NFL. "I just threw it up and then got planted and was content to lay there for a while," Stafford told the Detroit Free Press. Steve Sabol of NFL Films calls this the "most dramatic player wiring ever."

posted by rcade to football at 10:18 AM - 14 comments

That's fantastic stuff.

posted by 86 at 11:17 AM on November 26, 2009

Wow. Having dislocated my shoulder once (and I don't think nearly as severely as Stafford did there), I can attest to the amount of pain involved.

He's already on my dynasty league team, but I think I have a new favourite NFL player.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:39 AM on November 26, 2009

Gutty performance.

posted by geekyguy at 11:54 AM on November 26, 2009

I dunno, obvious courage and all that, but as a reflection of the hyper-macho NFL glorification of "playing hurt" it bothers me a bit. If he got drilled again he would have been defenceless and could have had a very very serious injury. This is part and parcel of the head injury issue.

posted by rumple at 11:55 AM on November 26, 2009

I'm a Stafford fan too after watching that. One second he's joking around and having a good time, scrambling like Fran Tarkenton to create something from nothing, the next he's a puddle of raw misery trying to reconstitute itself into human form. Football is a harsh mistress.

Go Lions!

posted by rcade at 11:56 AM on November 26, 2009

Also, he says "Good shot, boy" to the Browns #92 about 25 seconds in. "Boy"? For a QB from Georgia to be saying that to an African American opposition seems a little close to the wind.

posted by rumple at 11:58 AM on November 26, 2009

Awesome link!

Looks like the Lions have found themselves a winner.

Hope he can stay healthy.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:05 PM on November 26, 2009

#92 on the Browns is ex-Lion Shawn Rogers. Though they never played together, there was probably some smack being talked over scrimmage between Stafford and Rogers. The "boy" was probably meant as a backhanded endearment, and not a racial slur...just sayin...

I didn't realize the hit was the play before the TD. I thought they were the same play. Holy cow, is the kid both gutsy as hell and stupid. But, as the commentator said, that's the kind of thing that endears you to a city. It's gonna be a while before I talk trash about Stafford

posted by MeatSaber at 03:04 PM on November 26, 2009

Looks like the Lions have found themselves a winner.

I wouldn't go that far.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:53 PM on November 26, 2009

Since no one else has pointed this out, Stafford, after being doubtful for the whole week, STARTED today in the Thanksgiving Day early game, four days after that hit.

posted by boredom_08 at 04:06 PM on November 26, 2009

He was visibly in pain the whole time too.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:03 PM on November 26, 2009

The "boy" thing bothered me a wee bit, because Shaun Rogers is, what, nearly a decade older than Stafford? We don't get the context. though, and one thing that the live mics on the field make clear is the amount of running conversations, in-jokes and banter that goes on.

That 'gnnghagh' after he went down? Just plain visceral.

posted by etagloh at 12:21 AM on November 27, 2009

To hell with Stafford's pain! How about all the viewers who sat through his Thanksgiving Day performance versus Green Bay. That's real pain.

posted by dyams at 10:55 AM on November 27, 2009

has killed my dream of playing starting quarterback in the NFL

And thus killed my dream of being your QB coach in the NFL.

posted by yerfatma at 11:24 AM on November 28, 2009

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