Ron Jaworski is compiling a list of his top 30 NFL quarterbacks. As a former NFL quarterback, this ESPN analyst apparently has a strong collective knowledge of what makes a great QB. During the course of the last couple weeks, ESPN has revealed one pick on his list each day.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made the list at 14. Fourteen!
I don’t know what Jaworski was thinking when he placed Stafford at 14.
Jaworski stated his reasoning for Stafford’s place is that the young quarterback has yet to prove his durability. While Stafford did miss 19 games during the first two years of his career, it was like it never happened when Stafford played a full 16-game season his third year.
He took and led the Lions to their first playoff appearance since 1999. He broke nearly every single quarterback record in the Lions history book, which shows how terrible the quarterbacks have been in the past and how good Stafford is for this organization.
He became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season and threw for 41 touchdowns. Not to mention, he did take some really hard hits that season which I believe proves his durability.
Sure, he doesn’t have a Superbowl ring or appearance (yet). But compare him to the other great quarterbacks such as Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, and you’ll find him ranked right up there.
Due to his age and growing experience, Matthew Stafford will grow to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
And this ranking will mean nothing.