Matthew Stafford hasn’t played in an NFL game since week 9 due to a back injury that ultimately proved to be season-ending. But the former Georgia quarterback still managed to bring happiness and joy to a few people in particular this holiday season.
Stafford and his wife, Kelly, showed up with Christmas presents to the house of three young boys who lost their father. The moment they met the Stafford’s was captured on video and shared on social media.
The boys were overwhelmed getting to meet the former Georgia quarterback, who threw for 19 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions before his season was shortened.
This is awesome… Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly surprised three young boys who recently lost their father by showing up to their house with Christmas presents.
Stafford even played them in Madden, as himself. 🙌💯 (via Deana Harb/FB) pic.twitter.com/isVoTWUUdd
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 25, 2019
Stafford’s actions drew the praise of ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky as well.
To call Matthew Stafford a teammate is a privilege. To call Matthew Stafford a friend is an honor and a blessing. This 👇🏼 is the impact in the community of Detroit that has been remarkable and worthy https://t.co/veZTfAwEEp
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) December 26, 2019
Since losing Stafford to injury, the Lions season has cratered, as they’re 3-11-1 heading into the final week of the season.
As for the Bulldogs who were able to take the field this past weekend, a number of Bulldogs produced strong performances.
Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams found the endzone twice while also adding 48 yards rushing against the San Francisco 49ers. Gurley now has 58 career rushing touchdowns, which ties him with hall of famer Marshall Faulk for the most in team history. Despite only having 789 rushing yards, Gurley is fifth in the league with 14 touchdowns, 12 of which have come via the ground.
Nick Chubb had 45 yards on 15 carries against the Baltimore Ravens in a 31-15 loss. Heading into the final week of the season, Chubb leads the league in rushing with 1,453 yards. Cleveland concludes its season against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Sony Michel had the most rushing yards by a former Bulldog this past week, as his 96 rushing yards helped power the New England Patriots to a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Among the former Georgia pass catchers, Chris Conley had another strong outing, as he caught two passes for 56 yards. One of those receptions was a 42-yard touchdown catch, his third in the past two games.
On the defensive side of the ball, Lorenzo Carter had a monster game for the New York Giants. He picked up 1.5 sacks, had four quarterback hits as well as a pass deflection. Fellow Bulldog Deandre Baker led the Giants in tackles with 10, as they came away with a 41-35 win over the Washington Redskins in overtime.
Justin Houston of the Indianapolis Colts picked another sack, as he brought down Carolina quarterback Will Grier. On the season, Houston now has 10.0 sacks, the most by any former Bulldog in the league this season.
As for the Top Dawg, the honor given out to the former Bulldog who had the best week in the NFL, we’re going to give it Stafford. The impact that visit will have on those kids won’t soon be forgotten.
Top Dawgs in the NFL
Week 1: Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears
Week 2: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Week 5: Sony Michel, New England Patriots
Week 6: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Week 7: Justin Houston, Indianapolis Colts
Week 8: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Week 9: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Week 10: Jordan Jenkins, New York Jets
Week 11: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Week 12: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Week 13: Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears
Week 14: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 15: Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
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