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Matthew Stafford apparently thinks there’s some serious similarities between Cooper Kupp and Calvin Johnson.
For several years, Stafford slung the ball to Megatron when they were the most important players on the Detroit Lions.
Then, Megatron retired and Stafford eventually left for the Rams, where he immediately won a Super Bowl with Kupp and company.
Both are elite receivers, and that’s probably why Stafford had a bit of a slip when talking about his Rams teammate.
“In the Super Bowl comes to mind, the fade to Calvin [Johnson]. Sorry, fade to Cooper,” Stafford said when asked about his favorite throw from last season.
When Matthew Stafford confuses you with Calvin Johnson, you know you’re doing something right on the football field.
Megatron is probably a top three receiver to ever play the game, and only Jerry Rice and Randy Moss can be in the same conversation.
There’s probably a strong argument to be made there’s never been a more physically impressive or imposing receiver in NFL history than Johnson. He was a freak of nature on the field. It’s just a shame the Lions managed to waste his career.
As for Kupp, he obviously lacks the physical gifts Johnson had, but he’s still a star. He terrifies defenses on a regular basis, and is probably the top WR in the game right now.
At the least, he’s the most important offensive weapon to the Rams other than Stafford. No shot they win the Super Bowl without him!
Both receivers are legends in their own rights, and Stafford has had the privilege of throwing passes to both of them.
There’s no doubt the mistake was a major compliment to Kupp. It’s always a good thing to draw a Calvin Johnson comparison.