Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Stafford gets apology for hit that set up career-defining moment

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(Video courtesy of YouTube)

It might be the defining moment of Matthew Stafford's career.

After C.J. Mosley drilled him into the turf at the end of Browns-Lions in November 2009, separating Stafford's left shoulder, the rookie told coaches, “I can throw the ball if you need me to throw the ball.”

Stafford eluded team doctors, came back on the field and, with the Lions getting one untimed down at the 1-yard line due to pass interference, hit Brandon Pettigrew for the tying touchdown. Jason Hanson's extra point gave Detroit a 38-37 win.

Stafford couldn't lift his left arm. He can be heard wincing as teammates and coaches congratulate him.

Stafford and Mosley met again Wednesday after the 6-2, 310-pound tackle signed a two-year deal with the Lions.

"I actually just ran into Stafford in the locker room today and the first thing he said was, 'I remember this guy," Mosley told Detroitlions.com. "I said, 'Look, man, I apologize.' He said there were no hard feelings. We shook hands. We're cool.

"You can tell the city of Detroit and all the fans that I apologize."

While it was obviously and audibly painful, as you can tell from the video, Stafford burnished his reputation by playing through the injury.

"I almost wanted to cry seeing how tough Matt was at the end," Lions running back Kevin Smith said at the time. "No one knew what his injury was, or how bad he was hurt, but he still came back out there and made a play."

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
NEVER MISS A MOCK DRAFT
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking
 

nfl Video

September 16, 2014
The latest on the Adrian Peterson situation (5:00)
1 September 16, 2014
La Canfora on the NFL's new drug policy
(2:42)
2 September 15, 2014
NFL Monday QB: Vikings reinstate Peterson
(4:31)
3 September 15, 2014
NFL Monday QB: Saints winless
(1:57)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Nike Platinum Jersey

Nike Platinum Collection
Get your team today
Shop Now