FLASHBACK: Matthew Stafford shines at NFL Combine

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Dec 11, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) runs onto the field with teammates prior to their game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine getting underway this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at how Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford performed at the 2009 Combine.

Click here to see Stafford running the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds and posting a vertical leap of 30.5 inches. That 40-yard dash time placed the former Georgia quarterback 7th among quarterbacks in 2009. His vertical jump landed him 8th among the quarterbacks who were tested at the combine.

Not only did Stafford show he had more athletic ability than some thought, but he also proved he had a brain to go along with it as he scored a 38 on the Wonderlic test. That score placed him 1st among quarterbacks who tested and 2nd overall in 2009.

Prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, the future Lions signal-caller put in work in the gym to improve his athletic ability.

Let’s take a look and listen to Stafford’s NFL Combine interview, where he talked about his goals and expectations as a football player.

Before going through the gauntlet of interviews with NFL teams leading up to the NFL Draft, Stafford put in work preparing for the process he was about to experience.