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Rams QB Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly reveals she wrote him a letter before every playoff game

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s biggest cheerleader at the Super Bowl on Sunday was his wife, Kelly Stafford — who revealed in a new interview that she wrote him a letter of encouragement before every playoff game.  

In her final letter on Sunday, Kelly, 32, told the Today show that wrote about ‘just how much I thought he truly deserved this, and why I thought he deserved it.

‘The most important thing at the end of the day is that we all have each other,’ she said. ‘And win or lose — obviously, a win’s always better — but that’s what’s important in life. 

‘And he knows that, but just to reiterate it through a letter and know how proud I am of him and, you know, that we’ll be waiting for him after the game no matter what.’

Matthew Stafford and wife Kelly embrace following the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in LA

Kelly has revealed in a new interview that she wrote him a letter of encouragement before every playoff game

Kelly has revealed in a new interview that she wrote him a letter of encouragement before every playoff game 

In her final letter on Sunday, Kelly, 32, told the Today show that wrote about 'just how much I thought he truly deserved this, and why I thought he deserved it

In her final letter on Sunday, Kelly, 32, told the Today show that wrote about ‘just how much I thought he truly deserved this, and why I thought he deserved it 

'The most important thing at the end of the day is that we all have each other,' she said

‘The most important thing at the end of the day is that we all have each other,’ she said

Stafford — who met Kelly at the University of Georgia, where she was a cheerleader and he played football — said that being able to read all of her letters ahead of the big game made a big difference. 

‘To be able to kind of reflect back and read those letters and talk and think about what my family means to me before I go do something that I love to do, it helps put things in perspective and let me go out there and play free,’ he said. 

His team’s 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, he added, has been ‘overwhelming.’ 

‘You think about all the years that you put into it to try to get to that point and sometimes not knowing if that opportunity was ever gonna come, and being able to succeed in that moment was pretty special,’ he said.

But the best part of the special moment was having his wife and their four daughters there to enjoy the win with him. 

‘My favorite part was looking down and seeing them running towards me and that’s something I’ll never forget,’ he said. 

She said she wanted to tell him 'how proud I am of him and, you know, that we¿ll be waiting for him after the game no matter what;

She said she wanted to tell him ‘how proud I am of him and, you know, that we’ll be waiting for him after the game no matter what;

'My favorite part was looking down and seeing them running towards me and that¿s something I¿ll never forget,' Stafford said

‘My favorite part was looking down and seeing them running towards me and that’s something I’ll never forget,’ Stafford said

'I¿m just grateful to be here and I¿m so grateful that I got to witness my man do what he did,' added Kelly

'I¿m just grateful to be here and I¿m so grateful that I got to witness my man do what he did,' added Kelly

‘I’m just grateful to be here and I’m so grateful that I got to witness my man do what he did,’ added Kelly

She shared several photos on Instagram and called her husband 'my champion

She shared several photos on Instagram and called her husband ‘my champion

Kelly offered up snaps of herself in the stands, wrangling their four daughters

Kelly offered up snaps of herself in the stands, wrangling their four daughters

‘I’m just grateful to be here and I’m so grateful that I got to witness my man do what he did,’ added Kelly, who shared several photos on Instagram and called her husband ‘my champion.

‘The parade will probably, is when it’s all going set in that he did it and he is now going to have a different kind of ring on his finger that he’s wanted his whole life.’    

Kelly Stafford, née Hall, has long been cheering her husband on, starting out as a cheerleader to his football player at UGA. 

She comes from a football family: Her older brother, Chad Hall, was an NFL receiver and is now the Buffalo Bills’ wide receivers coach.

The pair were together when Matthew was drafted first overall by the Lions in 2009, with Kelly entering the workforce as a nurse.

'I¿m just grateful to be here and I¿m so grateful that I got to witness my man do what he did,' Kelly said

‘I’m just grateful to be here and I’m so grateful that I got to witness my man do what he did,’ Kelly said

The good-looking couple will be married for seven years as of later this year

The good-looking couple will be married for seven years as of later this year

The pair were together when Matthew was drafted first overall by the Lions in 2009, with Kelly entering the workforce as a nurse

The pair were together when Matthew was drafted first overall by the Lions in 2009, with Kelly entering the workforce as a nurse

Together, they have four daughters, ranging in age from nearly five to almost two

Together, they have four daughters, ranging in age from nearly five to almost two

Matthew proposed in 2014, and in 2015 the lovebirds tied the knot at the Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, Georgia. The extravagant affair included personalized neon trucker hats for guests, as well as a Nike shoe bar — the brand sponsors Matthew — which gave out free shoes to everyone in attendance. 

But while Matthew was making big bucks early on, Kelly came under fire in December 2015 for selling tickets to a game the Lions played against the New Orleans Saints. 

After she posted the tickets on StubHub and promoted on Instagram, commenters accused her of being ‘greedy’ and pointed out that her husband was making more than $17 million that year.

But Kelly fired back, saying that she bought them to take her family but they could no longer go. 

‘So for those of you who said I’m not going because of the season we have had.. There is the real reason for you, I hope you’re happy,’ she said. ‘I’m also sorry for being HUMAN and wanting to sell the tickets we purchased because we are not able to go.’

The couple met in college, when Matthew, now 33, played quarterback for the University of Georgia and Kelly, now 32, was a cheerleader for the school

The couple met in college, when Matthew, now 33, played quarterback for the University of Georgia and Kelly, now 32, was a cheerleader for the school

She comes from a football family: Her older brother, Chad Hall, was an NFL receiver and is now the Buffalo Bills' wide receivers coach

She comes from a football family: Her older brother, Chad Hall, was an NFL receiver and is now the Buffalo Bills’ wide receivers coach

Kelly is pictured as a college cheerleader, where she cheered on her boyfriend

Kelly came under fire in December 2015 for selling tickets to a game the Lions played against the New Orleans Saints

Kelly is pictured as a college cheerleader, where she cheered on her boyfriend (left), and with Matthew (right)

In April 2017, Kelly gave birth to twin girls named Sawyer and Chandler

In April 2017, Kelly gave birth to twin girls named Sawyer and Chandler 

Over a year later, in August 2018, they introduced daughter Hunter Hope -  a surprise given that they hadn't announced a pregnancy

Over a year later, in August 2018, they introduced daughter Hunter Hope –  a surprise given that they hadn’t announced a pregnancy

In 2016, they announced that they were expecting, and Kelly told ESPN that her husband was turning into a ‘softy.’ 

‘You know, if I push on my belly too much, he’s like, “Stop. Stop.” I’m like, “It’s OK, they’re fine. I’m just trying to move them around in there a little bit,”‘ she said.

‘I think [fatherhood will] definitely change him. I think it’ll change anyone. I’m excited to see him as a dad. I know he’s going to be awesome,’ she said. 

In April 2017, Kelly gave birth to twin girls named Sawyer and Chandler. 

Over a year later, in August 2018, they introduced daughter Hunter Hope — a surprise given that they hadn’t announced a pregnancy.

But she shared some even more shocking news in April of 2019: She had a brain tumor and required surgery to remove it.

Then just 29, she revealed on Instagram that she’d been suffering months of vertigo spells before being diagnosed with a noncancerous mass known as an acoustic neuroma, which was sitting on a nerve that emerges directly from the brain. 

Then just 29, she revealed on Instagram that she'd been suffering months of vertigo spells before being diagnosed with a noncancerous mass known as an acoustic neuroma

Then just 29, she revealed on Instagram that she’d been suffering months of vertigo spells before being diagnosed with a noncancerous mass known as an acoustic neuroma

Later that month, she underwent the 12-hour procedure. Days later, she was back in the hospital in pain

Later that month, she underwent the 12-hour procedure. Days later, she was back in the hospital in pain

'I'd be lying if I said I wasn't completely terrified of brain surgery. I am,' she said

‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery. I am,’ she said 

Months later, she was still learning how to walk again, but Matthew called her 'inspiring' and 'incredibly impressive'

Months later, she was still learning how to walk again, but Matthew called her ‘inspiring’ and ‘incredibly impressive’ 

The tumor is caused by a mutation of a gene on chromosome 22, but what causes the mutation is unclear. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, about 2,500 new patients are diagnosed every year. 

‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery. I am,’ she said. ‘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.’

Later that month, she underwent the 12-hour procedure. Days later, she was back in the hospital in pain.

‘There’s been some long days and some tough times,’ the quarterback said in May 2019. ‘But [I’ve had a] ton of help, ton of support, and a strong wife to help me out.’

‘It was, and still is, incredibly impressive. Just how she handled the whole thing. Not even going through the surgery and coming out of it and recovering. But inspiring a bunch of people along the way,’ he added. 

'She's an incredible role model to our girls and a bunch of little girls out there,' he said

‘She’s an incredible role model to our girls and a bunch of little girls out there,’ he said

'She did an awesome job. In a small tiny way, I know how scary and frustrating injuries can be. And not knowing what's going to happen when you come out of surgery,' he said

'She did an awesome job. In a small tiny way, I know how scary and frustrating injuries can be. And not knowing what's going to happen when you come out of surgery,' he said

‘She did an awesome job. In a small tiny way, I know how scary and frustrating injuries can be. And not knowing what’s going to happen when you come out of surgery,’ he said

He added: 'I can't imagine having my skull cracked open and to just watch her go through that and how steady she was impressive'

He added: ‘I can’t imagine having my skull cracked open and to just watch her go through that and how steady she was impressive’

The couple is pictured together in a snap that Kelly shared on Instagram

The couple is pictured together in a snap that Kelly shared on Instagram

‘She’s an incredible role model to our girls and a bunch of little girls out there.

‘She did an awesome job. In a small tiny way, I know how scary and frustrating injuries can be. And not knowing what’s going to happen when you come out of surgery. 

‘But I can’t imagine having my skull cracked open and to just watch her go through that and how steady she was impressive.’ 

Recovery wasn’t easy, and In September, Kelly revealed that she was still learning to walk properly again. However, she continued to improve, and in March 2020, the couple announced that they were expecting their fourth child.

In June 2020, they announced the arrival of Tyler, another daughter.

While raising four kids during the pandemic, Kelly has taken time to speak out in disagreement over COVID-19 rules. 

In June 2020, they announced the arrival of Tyler, another daughter

In June 2020, they announced the arrival of Tyler, another daughter

In June 2020, they announced the arrival of Tyler, another daughter

While raising four kids during the pandemic, Kelly has taken time to speak out in disagreement over COVID-19 rules

While raising four kids during the pandemic, Kelly has taken time to speak out in disagreement over COVID-19 rules

She regularly shares photos of her four daughters on Instagram

She regularly shares photos of her four daughters on Instagram

She regularly shares photos of her four daughters on Instagram

Following in mom's footsteps! The four little girls dressed as daddy's little cheerleaders

 Following in mom’s footsteps! The four little girls dressed as daddy’s little cheerleaders

Later, she apologized for the comments, which she said were in the heat of the moment

Later, she apologized for the comments, which she said were in the heat of the moment

In August 2020, her husband was placed on NFL’s coronavirus reserve list after testing positive for the virus — but several more negative tests revealed it to be a false positive.

Yet Kelly was unhappy that her kids were not allowed back at school, and says she was ‘harassed’ and ‘old I needed to wait in my car when trying to pick up food.’ 

Later, she took issue with restrictions in Michigan.

‘So I am going to be very blunt, I am so over it,’ Stafford said in her Instagram story. ‘

I am over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan. Once we do leave the house, once the dictatorship decides to let us have some freedom…there will be nothing left. I’m just over it. I see all these people and it brings me to tears.’

Later, she apologized for the comments, which she said were made in the heat of the moment.


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