What exactly did Picard do with Stargazer
that was so "outstanding"? The only notable incident with the old rust bucket, i.e., something they cover at the Academy, was the development of the Picard Maneuver, and that was in a battle that was a draw at best, a loss for Picard at worst, since he misplaced
an entire starship after the battle!
If Picard really did command (and not just serve on) Stargazer
for 22 years, it was probably a mostly humdrum and uneventful service.