What does Matthew Stafford have to do with MLB?
Well, there is always some link.
The Super Bowl-winning quarterback who led the Los Angeles Rams to victory on Sunday does have an interesting bond with one of MLB’s top players.
Stafford won the Super Bowl in his 13th season as an NFL quarterback, after coming over from the Detroit Lions in a huge trade that sent fellow signal-caller Jared Goff the other way.
Clayton Kershaw, a former Cy Young and MVP award winner in his illustrious career, also won the World Series in his 13th season in the majors, after some failures in the postseason that (unfairly) tarnished his legacy in the eyes of some observers, analysts, and fans.
Clayton Kershaw’s 13th season: wins World Series
Matthew Stanford’s 13th season: wins Super Bowl
This is legendary 💯 pic.twitter.com/sC73dlRKtw
— Ballplayer City (@BallplayerCity) February 14, 2022
It’s a noteworthy stat for some of the most numbers-obsessed people on the Internet.
Stafford threw the game-winning touchdown with 1:25 remaining in the fourth quarter to one of his preferred targets, wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
That score was the final touch in the Rams’ 23-20 comeback win.
Stafford completed 26 of 40 passes and threw for 283 yards and three scores, and was intercepted two times.
Two Former Teammates Are At The Top Of Their Leagues
Another colorful fact about the two athletes is that they shared the field when they were younger.
They played together in Little League, and there are pictures to prove it.
— Baseball In Pics (@baseballinpix) February 13, 2022
It’s a cool story for NFL and MLB fans.
The difference is that the former enjoyed a really good season, and the latter still don’t know if they will get to enjoy the game they love because of the ongoing lockout.
In the meantime, Kershaw remains a free agent, as he didn’t secure a deal before the lockout started in early December.
In 121.2 innings, he left a 10-8 record with a 3.55 ERA, 144 strikeouts, and a 1.02 WHIP with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021.
Both men are at the top of their respective leagues and, as it turns out, share some special things in common.