But for NFL veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, it’s not yet time to reserve a spot for the 13-year quarterback in Canton.
The one-time Super Bowl champion had solid arguments in a series of tweets he made following the final game of the 2021 season.
Richard Sherman sounds off on whether Matt Stafford deserves to be in the HOF or not
Think Stafford deserves a gold jacket? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/qOtW02dYkk
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 15, 2022
The outspoken cornerback pointed out that other than the Super Bowl victory, Stafford did not win any individual awards throughout his career.
While his statements may or may not affect the quarterback’s push for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his reasoning can be easily countered with the narrative of Stafford’s career.
He Played For The Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson was the only help Stafford had in all of his seasons with the Detroit Lions.
Unfortunately, even the Hall of Fame wide receiver wasn’t enough to earn him a playoff victory.
It’s not Stafford’s fault that team ownership and the front office, particularly Matt Millen, caused more turmoil with his blunders as general manager.
The former Georgia standout never even had a solid run game to help ease the pressure of throwing for 30 to 40 times per game.
Yet even though the Lions’ offense was essentially one-dimensional, he continued to play at his best.
He finished with multiple 4,000-yard seasons, including a 5,000-yard campaign in 2011 that won him Comeback Player of the Year honors.
More importantly, he continued to lead the Lions and not complain even if the team was pathetic or he was not 100 percent.
Stafford just proved that he can be one of the game’s best if he had great pieces around him.
Therefore, that storyline should be a strong argument for his inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
After all, he’s not yet done, and he still has time to win the individual awards that Sherman argued about.