There’s a feel-good element about longtime quarterbacks finally winning the Super Bowl for the first time.
That’s how fans felt when John Elway finally won one with the Denver Broncos.
Decades later, people can’t help but pull for Matthew Stafford.
He endured the misery of being the Detroit Lions’ starting quarterback for over a decade and continued to put up big numbers every season.
But those trials ended when he finally led the Los Angeles Rams to victory in Super Bowl LVI.
Winning a Super Bowl in his first year with the team is impressive and it prompted talks about his Hall of Fame credentials getting cemented.
However, there were individuals like Richard Sherman who argued that winning the Super Bowl alone does not merit his induction in Canton.
He pointed out that other than the world championship, a single Pro Bowl selection is the only other credential Stafford has.
While some are against his place in the Hall of Fame, former NFL player Julian Edelman had his rebuttal for the 13-year veteran.
Jules puts some respect on Stafford 🏆 pic.twitter.com/ldlMviqUCL
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 16, 2022
The tweet from B/R Gridiron contains a quote from the three-time Super Bowl champion, saying “50K pass yards, [Super Bowl] first year with capable team. Give this man his flowers, he’s a HOF’er… Arm talent is some of the best we’ve seen.”
Edelman Has A Point
It’s not his fault that he did not win more individual accolades.
The Lions failed to build a competitive team around him, resulting in losing seasons and three playoff defeats.
Unfortunately, team victories do have weight in choosing Pro Bowlers, All-Pros, and MVPs.
But those who watched him for so long knew that he was in the wrong situation.
That’s why he became a champion when he had a solid team around him.
Of all people, Edelman should know that philosophy because he won three Super Bowls with Tom Brady.