Quarterback Matthew Stafford has started 126 straight NFL games through broken fingers, injured ankles and a bad back. There’s something to be said about being available every week for the last eight seasons.
“It means a lot,” Stafford said Thursday of his current streak of consecutive starts. “Well documented first two years. Missed a bunch. Wanted to prove to my teammates, this organization, myself and everybody that I can be out there for extended periods of time and have been lucky enough to be able to do that.
“It means a lot. Just try to be there week-in and week-out and let these guys in this locker room know who’s going to be under center.”
Stafford missed six games as a rookie due to injury, and 13 more his second season. He was labeled injury prone and soft. That perception is long gone. He’s now considered one of the toughest quarterbacks in the game. Only Philip Rivers (206) and Matt Ryan (145) have actively started more consecutive games than Stafford.