Who Powered Through: Drew Stanton

TAMPA FL - DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Drew Stanton #5 of the Detroit Lions throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 19 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Today there is a double dose of bi-weekly posts devoted to Drew Stanton. The Sprint Game Ball went to Stanton for his performance against the Buccaneers, which included a great day statistically and him rising to the occasion when it counted most. This week's Who Powered Through post also focuses on Stanton, as he earned himself a Sprint Game Ball despite separating his left shoulder before halftime of Sunday's game.

Last year, Matthew Stafford separated his left shoulder against the Browns and returned on the very next play to throw the game-winning touchdown pass as time expired. Although the hit Stanton took wasn't nearly as vicious, he had to play an entire half of football and overtime after separating his left shoulder. The injury, as mentioned, happened shortly before halftime. He was noticeably in pain (no Dick Stockton, he wasn't favoring his hand like you thought) and went to the locker room early to get an injection, which allowed to him to play in the second half.

It's one thing to overcome an injury like this and simply play, but Stanton actually played well. He led the Lions down the field to tie the game at the end of regulation and then did the same thing again in overtime to set up Dave Rayner for a game-winning field goal. Not only did he play well, but he did it while injured, so kudos to Drew Stanton for powering through this past Sunday.

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