Matthew Stafford is a successful American football player who is a quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He is the father of adorable twin girls whom he shares with his high school sweetheart Kelly Hall. Here are more interesting details about the sportsman, his career, his family and some quick facts.
Biography of Matt Stafford
John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback born in Tampa, Florida to John and Margaret Stafford on February 7, 1988. He is the oldest of five siblings and attended Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. which is also where his parents raised him. During the 2009 NFL Tournament in Georgia, Matt was drafted by the Lions to play college football.
He was later considered one of the best high school quarterbacks in the United States according to his coach Randy Allen, in the class of 2006. Interestingly, he was ranked ahead of Tim Tebow. Also, Rivals.com considered him a five-star rookie and listed him as the pro-style quarterback.
Matt led his team to victory in the 2005 UIL 4A Division I State Championship. This was achieved with a perfect 15-0 record. Matt beat Ryan Mallett’s Texarkana Texas 38–31, as well as Jevan Snead’s Stephenville 41–38 in the playoffs. It was an incredible achievement for him, even at his level like back then.
Matt Stafford has recorded over 4,000 passing yards despite not playing in the first three games of the season due to the knee injury he had previously suffered. As a result of this feat, Matt was named to the “Parade All-America Team” and the “USA Today Pre-Season Super 25”, in 2005. Among his many accolades, he also won MVP and Best arm at the 2005 EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp as well as the 2005 EA Sports National Player of the Year.
In 2014, Matt’s team “The Lions” made an announcement that their coach was going to be replaced and thus the position would be filled by Jim Caldwell as the new coach of the team. They enjoyed an impressive rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign by finishing with an 11-5 record. The team thus earned the 6th seed in the NFC, their first playoff appearance since 2011. It was an impressive year for Matt personally as he finished the 2014 season with 4,257 passing yards, scoring a QB of 85.7, 12 interceptions and 22 touchdowns.
The following year, on January 4, 2015, the Lions suffered a loss in a Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. Although they started to win in the third quarter by 20-7, the Cowboys managed to win by 24-20. During that game, Matt threw for 323 passing yards, had one touchdown and one interception.
On January 19, 2015, Matt learned that he had been selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl to replace Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, due to a quad injury he suffered in a game. This was great news for the sportsman as it would be his first Pro Bowl. In the game, he was named Pro Bowl Offensive MVP, with 316 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception.
Matt Stafford’s family, wife, twins
Stafford is married to Kelly Hall, sister of former NFL player Chad Hall. The couple met while they were both studying at the University of Georgia. Interestingly, while he was playing as a quarterback for the football team, she was on the other hand a cheerleader. After their studies and a few years of dating, they got married on April 4, 2015.
The couple made a wonderful announcement in November 2017 that they were expecting identical twin girls. Their daughters, Sawyer and Chandler, were born on March 31, 2017. They are cute and their parents never missed a chance to share their beautiful photos with the world via social media.
1. Before he even started a game at the college level, analyst Mel Kiper Jr. correctly predicted that Matt Stafford would ultimately be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
2. Stafford happens to be the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a single season, being one of three players to do so in 2011.
3. He is the fastest player in NFL history to pass for 30,000 yards in 109 games.
4. He holds the NFL record for most comeback wins after recording eight in the 2016 NFL season.
5. In 2017, Matt became the highest-paid player in NFL history after signing a $160 million extension with the Lions.