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Former Georgia Bulldogs QB Matthew Stafford Traded to the LA Rams

January 30, 2021

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Former Georgia Bulldogs QB Matthew Stafford is headed to the LA Rams. 

That’s according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The move comes after the Lions and Stafford mutually agreed earlier this year that it was time for a split. Stafford has thrown over 45,000 yards and 282 touchdowns during his 12-year career in the NFL. 

According to the report Rams will get Stafford in exchange for Rams’ QB Jared Goff as well as a third-round pick in 2021, a first-round pick in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023.

Stafford’s contract, which is a two-year deal with $43 million left on it, made him a prime candidate to move. Stafford, who turns 33 this year, played three seasons in Athens - the most memorable of which was the 2007 season. That year Stafford guided the Bulldogs to a Sugar Bowl win and a No. 2 final ranking. 

He left for the NFL a year later, telling Dawg Post in an exclusive interview why he picked Georgia from the start. 

“One of the main reasons I came to Georgia was that I enjoyed the entire coaching staff and the people. You have to think about it - I made the decision thinking that I was going to play where I went... hopefully, if I played well and stayed healthy. Am I going to enjoy coming to work every day? I really liked quarterbacks coach (Mike) Bobo. I really liked Coach (Mark) Richt,” he said in 2009. 

Stafford, who was 21 at the time of the interview, said that he understood that the NFL is a business, and that anything can happen along the way. 

“You think about all the things that go along with the NFL. As much as I would like to just think about playing football - there is a lot more than just football that goes into it,” he said. 

He made simple in Dawg Post’s 2009 interview the one thing he wanted from his NFL career: 

“One thing? I want Super Bowls - yeah. I think if you win Super Bowls the Hall of Fame and stuff like that comes along with it,” he said with a laugh. 

Maybe that won’t be so funny anymore. 


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