Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford accepted an ESPY Wednesday night with gratitude, modesty and a shoutout to the city.

At the 20th ESPY Awards ceremony highlighting sports stars and stories, Stafford took home the Best Comeback award. He returned from shoulder surgery last season to throw 5,038 yards, which ESPN cites as the fourth-most in NFL history.

“I just want to say how happy I am, how grateful I am to share this with the city of Detroit, which is on a comeback of its own, doing great things," he said, according to WDIV.

"The city has been through a lot and we’re just one of the teams there trying to make them happy and proud, give them something to cheer for," he continued. "So, this one is for my teammates and the city of Detroit. Thank you.”

Stafford, who took girlfriend Kelly Hall to the Los Angeles ceremony, led the Lions to the playoffs in 2011. While teammate Calvin Johnson was nominated for NFL Player of the Year, he was beat out by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Get ready for the 2012-2013 Lions season with the schedule, below.

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  • WEEK 1: St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions

    Sept. 9, 2012, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br> <br><em>In this file photo: Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions scores a third quarter touchdown on a 21 yard pass from Shaun Hill #14 during the third quarter of the game against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter of the game at Ford Field on October 10, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Rams 44-6. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)</em>

  • WEEK 2: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

    Sep. 16, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC <br></br> <br><em>In this file photo: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions runs for a 36 yard gain after a short pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The 49ers defeated the Lions 25-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)</em></br>

  • WEEK 3: Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans

    Sept. 23, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br> <br><em>In this file photo: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans is congratulated for a touchdown pass, by punter Brett Kern #6 of the Tennessee Titans after the Tennessee Titans scored against the Houston Texans on January 1, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Titans won 23 to 22. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 4: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

    Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br> <br><em>In this file photo: Keiland Williams #34 of the Detroit Lions runs for a short gain as Kevin Williams #93 of the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Vikings 34-28. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)</em>

  • WEEK 5: Bye Week

    Bye Week <br></br> <br><em>In this file photo: Doug Hogue #57 of the Detroit Lions sits on the bench with a towel on his head against the New Orleans Saints during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 6: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

    Oct. 14, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br> <br><em>In this file photo: Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions is sacked by Ernie Sims #50 during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on September 19, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Eagles defeated the Lions 35-32. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 7: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

    Monday Night Football: Oct. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN <br></br> <br><em>In this file photo: Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions is hit by Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears as Major Wright #27 closes in over Lance Briggs #55 at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 8: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions

    Oct. 28, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Aaron Brown #21 of the Detroit Lions carries the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 8, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Lions 32-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 9: Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars

    Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball against the Detroit Lions on November 9, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Jacksonville defeated Detroit 38-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 10: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

    Nov. 11, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings escapes the tackle of Corey Williams #99 of the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 34-28. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 11: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

    Nov. 18, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Ryan Pickett #79 and A.J. Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers tackle Maurice Morris #28 of the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 12: Houston Texans at Detroit Lions

    Thanksgiving Day Game: Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m. ET, CBS <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 20-13 in regulation. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 13: Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions

    Dec. 2, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Running back Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by several defenders as he dives for additional yardage against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field on August 28, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 14: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

    Dec. 9, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Amari Spievey #42 of the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 15: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals

    Dec. 16, 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Linebacker Clark Haggans #53 of the Arizona Cardinals runs out onto the field as he is introduced before the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 16: Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

    Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions breaks the tackle of William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons on his way to a third quarter touchdown at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 23-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • WEEK 17: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

    Dec. 30, 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox <br></br><br><em>In this file photo: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions tries to move away from Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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