Kelly Stafford: Football hadn't been fun for Matthew in a very long time

Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Football

Sunday was an incredible day for the Stafford family.

Kelly Stafford, wife of former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, detailed the emotions of his first game with the Los Angeles Rams in the premiere episode of her new podcast, "The Morning After with Kelly Stafford."

"I have never been so nervous for something," Kelly said. "I couldn't eat, I couldn't drink. I couldn't do anything."

The Rams' 34-14 win Sunday over the Chicago Bears was the culmination of an offseason filled with high expectations for the quarterback after a blockbuster trade sent Stafford from Detroit, which drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, to Los Angeles.

"Matthew handles this pressure far better than I do," Kelly said. "There was obviously very high expectations coming into this game and this season and he crushed it, which was so fun to watch."

Kelly, who met Matthew while they attended college at the University of Georgia, gave a look into the emotional day and also a sobering comparison to Matthew's time with the Lions.


"He looked like he was having so much fun, which I haven't seen that side of Matthew on a football field in a very long time," Kelly said.

"I felt like my husband has a renewed love for this sport again."

Kelly said she felt and saw a difference in Matthew's energy as soon as he walked onto the field and gave a fist pump, something he normally wouldn't do. It continued after the game when he did something for the first time ever.

"For the first time ever after the game, he looked up at the suite with a big smile with both hands in the air," Kelly said. "It was just an incredible thing to witness."


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