When you think of Matthew Stafford‘s greatest assets as an NFL quarterback, his arm strength is probably the first thing that comes to mind.
Ever since being drafted by the Detroit Lions with the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Stafford has been known for having one of the strongest arms in the league.
One former Lions’ wide receiver who found that out the hard way is Yamon Figurs.
Yamon Figurs, who spent a month with the Lions during Stafford’s rookie season in 2009, experienced something even worse.
“I can’t even remember the play, but I remember I ran a deep out-route (in practice) and he was rolling out to his right and he threw a liner right down the sideline and squeezed it in and I caught it, but then I hit the ground,” Figurs said. “Like when I caught it, he threw it with so much velocity it dislocated my pinkie. It was crazy.”
Figurs said the dislocation was so bad that it couldn’t be popped back in at practice and he had to go to the hospital.
“When he’d throw the ball to Calvin Johnson across the middle I’d hear the ball just go BOOM! when it hit his hand, a loud pop,” Figurs said. “Crazy. I’m telling you, them dudes was amazing. Him and Calvin together was amazing.”