Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford last night was able to give Detroit a positive spin to a nationwide audience as he was awarded an ESPY, ESPN’s equivalent of the Oscar, for Comeback Athlete of the Year. The 20th annual ESPY Awards show took place in Hollywood last night and Lion’s quarterback Matthew Stafford was one of those in the bright lights for the ESPN program which is the network’s equivalent to the Oscars. In voting by the fans, Stafford was selected the ComebackAthlete of the Year.
Stafford missed nearly all of 2010 because of shoulder injuries but rebounded last year, throwing for over five thousand yards and 41 touchdowns in helping to lead the Lions to a 10-and-6 regular season record and their first playoff appearance in 12 years. LeBron James took home three ESPYs, including Male Athlete of the Year.