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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly addresses trade report on Instagram

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Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have reportedly agreed to part ways this offseason, though neither side has confirmed the impending divorce. Stafford’s wife, Kelly, appears to have taken care of that on social media.

On Monday, Mrs. Stafford created what seemed like a “farewell, Detroit” post on Instagram. She wrote that she and Matthew are going to “enjoy our time left in Michigan to the fullest because there really is no other place like it.”

Here’s the full post:

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Saturday that the Lions have agreed to explore trade possibilities for Stafford. They’ve hired a new head coach in Dan Campbell and appear to be headed for a rebuild, so you can understand why a split makes sense.

There was speculation that Stafford could be traded before the 2020 season, and Kelly was very outspoken about that in a video she posted on social media. The fact that she is saying goodbye to Detroit likely means there is little chance Matthew will return to the Lions next season.

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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly goes off on ‘dictatorship’ COVID restrictions

Matthew Stafford

The State of Michigan announced a new round of coronavirus restrictions this week that went into effect on Wednesday, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly is furious over them.

Kelly Stafford shared a video rant on her Instagram live Thursday in which she unloaded on Michigan officials. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has mandated a “three-week pause” that calls for the temporary closing of restaurants, bars, theaters, stadiums, etc. Stafford believes the decision is crushing small businesses and the local economy.

“I’m so over it. I’m over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan,” she said. “I understand there’s a pandemic and I understand it’s very scary. I’m scared of it too. If you’re at risk, do not leave your house until there’s a vaccine. But shutting down all these small businesses, things that people have worked their life for, shutting them down again is not the answer because they will not make it. So once we are able to leave our house and once this dictatorship decides to let us have some freedom, there will be nothing left.”

Stafford acknowledged that people are going to call her “ignorant” and disagree with her, but she said she does not enjoy “living in a place where they tell me what I can and cannot do.” You can hear her full comments below:

Matthew and Kelly have had personal experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Lions quarterback has twice been placed on the NFL’s COVID/reserve list this year. The first time was for a false positive test, which Kelly unloaded on the NFL over. She then had an interesting reaction to her husband being placed on the list again earlier this month due to being labeled a high-risk close contact.

Kelly Stafford has interesting reaction to Matthew going on COVID list

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list again, and his wife Kelly isn’t thrilled about it.

Stafford was placed on the list as a high risk close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. That designation means he could still play Sunday if he tests negative and remains asymptomatic.

Still, Kelly Stafford had a simple but telling reaction to the move.

Kelly is alluding to what happened to her husband back in August. Matthew Stafford was placed on the Reserve/COVID list after what turned out to be a false positive test. This, she said, caused major issues for her and her family.

The good news is reporting has clarified that Stafford did not actually test positive. That may not be clear to everyone, though, which may be the source of Kelly’s frustration.

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly rips NFL for handling of QB’s false positive test

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was removed from the COVID/reserve list on Tuesday after his coronavirus diagnosis turned out to be a false positive. That’s not enough for Stafford’s wife, however.

Kelly Stafford posted a statement to her Instagram on Tuesday criticizing the NFL for its handling of the quarterback’s false positive. She decried how her family has been treated since the false positive was discovered, and blamed the league for Stafford’s status going public before it had been determined whether the test results were legitimate or not.

The Lions also issued a statement that seemed to indicate some frustration with the testing process as well. While players are placed on the COVID/reserve list if they test positive, they can also go on it if they have been in contact with an infected individual, and the league is not allowed to reveal what reason was behind the placement on the list.

The NFL will have to find a way to deal with false positives. Because teams divulge when a player is placed on the list, it is entirely possible that this will happen again, and Stafford is raising legitimate concerns about the process.

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly address speculation about house being on market

Matthew Stafford has been the subject of trade rumors at various points throughout the offseason, and the speculation ramped up yet again when news surfaced that the quarterback has put his Detroit-area mansion on the market. However, Stafford’s wife insists the move has absolutely nothing to do with Matthew’s playing career.

Not long after TMZ and other outlets reported that Stafford’s home is listed for sale at $6.5 million, Kelly Stafford took to Instagram to squash all the talk of Matthew potentially leaving the Lions. She said the family is moving because they are having a fourth baby soon and no longer want to live in a home that borders a lake and has a massive pool in the backyard.

The Lions had the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft, and they selected star cornerback Jeff Okudah rather than taking a quarterback. There were rumblings leading up to the draft that Stafford might want out of Detroit, though the team emphatically shot that talk down.

Kelly Stafford has never been afraid to speak up about her husband’s career, and we saw her do that a few months ago when she issued a statement about the trade rumors.

Stafford carries a cap hit of about $27 million for next season and has dealt with a significant back injury over the past two years, but he had 2,499 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and just five interceptions in eight games before the back injury sidelined him last season. The Lions appear to be committed to him at least through 2020.

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly makes clear statement on trade rumors

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly went to great efforts Friday to put an end to the trade rumors that have surrounded the Detroit Lions quarterback for the last few weeks.

In a post on her social media Saturday, Kelly Stafford said a trade request has never been considered by the quarterback, and that Stafford was not going anywhere.

These posts come in response to the latest rumor that the trade rumors are coming from the quarterback’s camp. This was denied by Stafford’s agent, Tom Condon, and now his wife. It’s hard to get much more emphatic than that. Despite all the chatter, it sure sounds like Stafford will be Detroit’s quarterback at the start of the 2020 season.

Video: Matthew Stafford surprises Lions fans whose father died with Christmas visit

Matthew Stafford Krause Family boys

Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly delivered an awesome Christmas present this year as part of their annual “The Stafford Christmas Gift” by visiting a family of boys who had recently lost their father.

In September 2019, Conor Krause died unexpectedly, leaving behind his wife Heather and their three boys. Every year, the Staffords visit a family through their “The Stafford Christmas Gift,” and encourage fans to submit their stories.

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Alright y’all.. since it’s snowing outside and feels like the holiday season.. The Stafford Christmas Gift email has been officially set up and is ready to start receiving your nominations! We are looking for a person or a family that might need a little extra holiday cheer this year. Maybe they have had to endure something no one should have to go through and just need an extra reason to smile during the holidays! We only ask a few things from you (besides these people’s’ story) when submitting your person or family.. 1. Please place the name of the person or the family name in the subject of the email, and that is it. And 2. Person/family must reside in Michigan (I can only drive a u-haul so far) 3. Submissions must be in by November 24! We are so excited for another year and can’t wait to read about all these incredible people. The number of families we decide to choose will just depend on submissions.. so thank you for taking the time to tell us these peoples’ stories.. and although it’s always emotional..we can’t wait to read them. Here is the email… #TheStaffordChristmasGift #StaffordChristmasGift #tistheseason

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Conor and his sons were big Lions fans, so Heather’s friend, Jenny, wrote a letter to Kelly Stafford, sharing the family’s story. This year, the Staffords chose to make the Krause family the recipients of the annual gift.

Last week, the Staffords showed up at the Krause’s home and completely surprised the boys with a visit and gifts. The reaction from the family was priceless – watch in the video below:

Matthew even played a football video game with the Krause boys and invited them to attend the Lions’ final home game of the season.

Stafford has not played this season since Nov. 3 due to a back injury and recently went on injured reserve. Earlier this year, Kelly underwent brain surgery. But even their difficulties have not stopped them from helping out a family during the holidays.

Stafford was the Lions’ 2018 nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. You can support the Krause family through a GoFundMe page set up by their friends and family.

Kelly Stafford hospitalized again over issue with steroids

Kelly Stafford’s recovery from brain surgery hit a slight bump after she returned to the hospital due to issues tapering off steroids.

In an Instagram post, Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, said she had tried to fight through the pain and headaches that came with going off of steroids, but was unable to keep anything down. She was readmitted to the hospital and put back on steroids and pain medication and will be kept overnight for monitoring.

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A little update: I thought I could do it. They told me tapering off the steroids was going to be very difficult. The first picture was yesterday when I was on what I thought was my last day of steroids. I thought I could power through the pain and massive headaches that were challenging me throughout the day. I figured i could pull my strength from one of the strongest people I know, matthew. I told myself the pain would succumb to me, I wouldn’t succumb to it. I was so wrong. The pain got so far ahead of me I couldn’t keep anything down, including meds. I ended up in the ER very early this morning, back on steroids and pain medication. At first, I felt like I had failed, like I couldn’t handle it.. but what I really failed at was listening to my own body. A lesson I feel like I am going to have to keep reminding myself of. Thank you again for everything. I just wanted to give a little update. They will keep me here overnight just to monitor in hopes of going home in the morning.

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Fortunately, this does not seem like a major setback. She had gotten through brain surgery and recovery will be slow, but it appears that she is still on course to make a full one.

Kelly Stafford shares positive update after brain surgery

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, shared a positive update on Instagram Sunday evening following her brain surgery.

Stafford shared the news on Instagram on April 3 that doctors had found a tumor in her brain. The tumor was discovered after she underwent an MRI that was recommended to try and rule out all possible explanations for health issues she had been experiencing. She acknowledged at the time that she was “terrified” to undergo the surgery and what could happen.

The good news is she got through the surgery, even if it took twice as long as expected.

“This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me. I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have. When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much. Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know,” Stafford wrote on Instagram.

You can see her full post below, which includes video of her walking.

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This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me. I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have. When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much. Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know. #cupscrew

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The Staffords have three children — twins girls born in 2017 and another daughter born last year. Matthew and Kelly have been dating since their time at Georgia when he was a quarterback and she was a cheerleader. They got married in 2015.

Matthew has not participated in the Lions’ voluntary offseason activities to help care for his wife.

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly to undergo brain surgery for tumor

As Matthew Stafford prepares for what he hopes will be a vastly improved 2019 season for the Detroit Lions, the quarterback is dealing with much more important issues off the field.

On Wednesday, Stafford’s wife Kelly announced on Instagram that she will need to undergo brain surgery to remove a tumor from her head. The mass was discovered after she experienced several dizzy spells that she initially attributed to getting older, but eventually she knew something wasn’t right.

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This is a picture of Matthew & I the day we found out. I said I wanted this picture of us, so that the day this was all over, we could look back at this photo & remember. Within the last year, I began to notice things that I thought was just me getting older.. I would show my girls how to do a front roll or twirl in ballet class and immediately feel dizzy & off balance… Things that I had been doing my entire life were now, all of a sudden, difficult. The beginning of Jan was when I experienced my first spell of vertigo..It kept happening & then it happened while I was holding Hunter. Matthew took me straight to the ER. They checked vitals & bloodwork, all were fine.. Several vertigo spells later, Matthew’s team doctor recommended we go get an MRI of my brain to rule everything major out. A few days later we were hit with the results. I had a tumor sitting on some of my cranial nerves. The medical term they used was an acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma All I heard was brain tumor & that they had to do surgery to take it out.. so that is what we are going to do & we believe we found the best doctor to do it. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery. I am. I am terrified of them opening my head, I’m terrified of losing my hearing, I’m terrified of losing facial function, I’m terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long.. I am telling y’all this to ask for prayers and support. Things to pray for: -calmness in these next 2 weeks as I know anxiety will run high in myself & my whole family leading up to the day of surgery. -that God be in the room with the surgeons & give them all the guidance, steadiness, & confidence they need. -my safety during and after surgery. -please pray for matthew as I know his nerves will be high during this surgery. I couldn’t imagine being out in that waiting room. Thank u. Thank u for reading this novel. thank u for all your support and most importantly, thank u for your prayers.

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Kelly Stafford did not say exactly when she will have the surgery, but she asked for prayers over the next two weeks and said she is “terrified” of the potential complications.

Matthew and Kelly have been together since Stafford was a quarterback at Georgia, where Kelly was a cheerleader. They have three daughters together, and Kelly has always been outspoken in defending Matthew against critics. We hope everything turns out well for her and the Stafford family.