Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford took his game to the next level this past season en route to leading the team to a Super Bowl win. However, there was another behind-the-scenes reason why the star quarterback led the Rams to the promised land, as revealed by teammate andrew whitworth in an epic story, as reported by Rams Wire.
“One of the first times for me was our first three days of training camp,” Whitworth said. “We went out for a practice just in helmets, had like a two-minute drill and he was just on fire, hitting everything. Had a great day but there was probably a play somewhere early in practice where we messed up a cadence or didn’t get the right verbiage out on a huddle call. The next day, we’re sitting in meetings and Sean’s kind of going over and he almost stops and he’s like, ‘No, no, no. Coach, it’s my job to get that call out. That’s my bad. That’s nobody else’s fault this came out wrong and it’s only mine. Nobody else needs to be brought into this conversation. It’s on me, I got it.’ That continued every day of the season until we won the Super Bowl.
According to Whitworth, Stafford took accountability for anyone’s mistake at practice or during games all the way up to the Super Bowl win.
Not only was that an excellent leadership trait, but it also held everyone else on the Rams accountable. If the star quarterback who was acquired in a blockbuster trade this past offseason is taking the blame, as Whitworth said, then that forces everyone else to do the same.
Whitworth also notably said that Stafford wanted all the pressure that came with the Rams’ Super Bowl run. Clearly, Stafford thrived under the pressure as a player and as a leader during this past season.