Mark Twain once famously said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
With respect to the NFL, there's great truth in Mr. Clemens' assessment.
Stats do give us a way to measure one player against his contemporaries, one player against historical counterparts or one player against himself, as well as providing the very foundation of fantasy football.
But they don't always give us the best indication of a player's true impact.
Think about it: If a player rushes for a 90-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 40-point blowout, thus pushing him well past 100 yards on the day, was his performance really that outstanding? Was it better than a player who rushed for 75 yards in a close victory during which he carried the ball several times on a game-winning, fourth-quarter drive?
Players have ways of padding their stats, either in garbage time, or in meaningless games, or thanks to the greatness of his teammates around him. Looking towards next season, here are 10 such examples.