From the gold on his fingers to the gold jacket, the debate around Matthew Stafford is heating up.
Stafford helped lead the Rams to a Super Bowl victory over the Bengals, Los Angeles’ first title since 2000 and the first of Stafford’s career. Now that Stafford has secured the long elusive ring, the next point of contention in his career is his candidacy for the Hall of Fame. Enter Richard Sherman.
While the controversy over Stafford’s background was up for debate Monday, Sherman took a much more definitive decision: No, Matthew Stafford is by no means a Hall of Famer.
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I was going to talk about it on the podcast but the HOF bar is extremely low right now. Like a participating trophy. There are not all decade groups. No All professional. There is no MVP. 1 bowl of Pro. Not even SB’s MVP. Never been considered the best in any of the years he’s played. At least M.Ryan has an MVP https://t.co/TDQn8sJZfO
– Richard Sherman (@ RSherman_25) February 14, 2022
“I would talk about that on the podcast but right now the HOF bar is unbelievably low. It’s like an attendance trophy. No team of the whole decade. No All pro. No MVP. 1 Pro cup. Not even SB’s MVP. Never considered the best of the year he’s played. At least M. Ryan has an MVP,” Sherman tweeted on Valentine’s Day.
Apparently, DB has no love for Stafford, listing his flawed accomplishments to prove his point. The concatenation to 280 characters is also impressive.
A few more numbers: Over 13 seasons, Stafford has thrown 49,995 yards, with 323 touchdowns and 161 interceptions. He ended his career with 41 touchdowns in 2021, his first season with Sean McVay in Los Angeles.
Really, it seems odd and a bit premature to argue about a Hall of Fame candidacy by a player of Stafford’s caliber before the end of his career. While his case isn’t the strongest right now, assuming he stays fit and in the Rams’ strong attack over the next four or five seasons, his Canton entry record should turn out to be. stronger.
So is Stafford a Hall of Famer? Sure is not? But is it possible?