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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
Kelly Stafford with a pretty heated statement about Matthew Stafford’s false positive.
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 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.
Kelly Stafford has addressed the house stuff. Everyone can calm down now. Unless there’s a team out there who’s state has no bodies of water and has made pools illegal. pic.twitter.com/PBknEApGfb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.