Georgia Bulldogs Throwback Thursday: Matthew Stafford’s gun led the Dawgs


Matthew Stafford is the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. One of the greatest QBs of the Mark Richt era.

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Before Matthew Stafford was leading the Detroit Lions to being a relevant team again, he was at the reigns of the Georgia offense. With a solid and accurate arm, Stafford lead Georgia to it’s first preseason number one AP poll ranking in 2008 after an impressive Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii. He completed 7,731 passing yards for Georgia, and went on to become MVP of the Capitol One Bowl after defeating Michigan State.

Like most great players we had to lose Stafford all too soon to the NFL, but who could blame him. Stafford went on to be a number one overall pick in the 2009 draft for the Detroit Lions where he still plays today. He holds several NFL records, including most passing touchdowns by a rookie, and fastest player to reach 17,000 career passing yards.

Just think of what he might have done had he played out the remainder of his eligibility at Georgia. I’m sure Mark Richt gets nauseated anytime he thinks about it.

Although his team has yet to make it very far in the NFL playoffs (mostly due to shady calls from the boys in stripes) I have no doubt that Stafford will join those Georgia greats and eventually have a Super Bowl ring. Thanks for making us proud in the Pros Matt!

Now let’s take a look back at some awesome Matt Stafford highlights from the Bulldogs’ 31-17 win over our favorite team to hate, Georgia Tech. Go Dawgs!

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