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Lions QB Matthew Stafford becomes fastest player in NFL history to reach 40,000 passing yards

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford made history on Sunday by surpassing 40,000 career passing yards—the fastest achievement in NFL history.

Stafford and the Lions are facing NFC North division rival Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 at home. While Detroit plays in a must-win game against their foes to break .500, Stafford’s achievement was no less noticed across the league.

The 31-year-old Stafford has never been an immediate name people think of when discussing the NFL’s elite quarterbacks, but the former first-overall pick in the 2009 draft has been lighting it up pretty consistently through his 12-year professional career.

Stafford entered the 2019 season with 38,526 passing yards; it took him five games and change to hit the 40,000-yard plateau along with appearing in 147 games for the Lions, making him a mainstay for the Motor City franchise.

Despite the achievement, Stafford is only a one-time Pro-Bowl quarterback, actually winning offensive MVP in that year’s Hawaii classic, and won the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year for the 2011 season. Stafford’s career is not brimming with accolades like some of his peers in the league, but that has not stopped him from amassing impressive achievements like today’s milestone. The gunslinging play caller had 1,387 passing yards entering Week 7.

Stafford previously led the league in pass attempts in 2011-12 and completions in 2012. He will need to help the Lions this season, however, overcome the mediocre start. In spite of Stafford’s throwing feats, Detroit has only clinched a postseason berth three times since he was selected first overall—losing all three Wild Card games.

The Lions and Stafford are in the middle of a close matchup at the moment.