NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks on against the New Orleans Saints during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Upon winning the award, Stafford stated that the city of Detroit was "on a comeback of its own." He thanked his teammates as he accepted the ESPY.
Stafford took home the hardware because of his battle back from major injuries sustained in his first two seasons as a professional. In 2011, he started every single regular season game for the Lions and led Detroit to its first playoff appearance in more than a decade.
Stafford passed for 5,038 yards on the season. He was named Comeback Player Of The Year by the Associated Press in February.
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