Matthew Stafford defers own praise to Lions teammates

It's a rite of passage for an NFL quarterback. Get called great, shrug your shoulders and disagree. Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford finally had that moment Wednesday.

Not long after being touted by Fox Sports' Peter Schrager as one of the best quarterbacks in football -- if not the best -- Stafford didn't have much to say for himself when presented with that notion, despite some obvious signs that he's improving by leaps and bounds.

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Stafford simply deferred on the statement, saying it was more about his entire team rather than his own personal efforts on the field.

"I don't pay too much attention to (praise)," Stafford said. "We're winning football games because we have talented players on this team. On the offensive side of the ball, my job is to get the ball in their hands and let them go. They've been doing a great job of that the last couple weeks."

Certainly, that's been the case, but there is something to be said for the fact that Stafford is performing accurately and leading his team in big fashion to key victories, right? Still, not so.

"(Getting the offensive talent the ball), that's my job on this team. Obviously to lead, be there every week when I can and play well," he said honestly.

A big reason for Stafford's turnaround has been an uptick in his accuracy, and even if the quarterback won't accept any praise on his own, it's something which has required him to knuckle down and make plenty of sacrifices.

"I'm my own worst critic so if I wasn't completing a high enough percentage of balls for our coach, I'm going to go out there and try to complete more of them. That's a bunch of hard work," he said.

So far, hard work just like that is paying off, even if Stafford would rather his teammates get the credit in the end.

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