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 who he shares with his high school sweetheart Kelly Hall. Here are more interesting details about the sportsman, his career, family and some quick facts.
Matt Stafford’s Biography
John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback who was born in Tampa, Florida, to John and Margaret Stafford on the of 7th February 1988. He is the eldest of five siblings and attended Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas which also happens to be where his parents raised him. In the 2009 NFL tournament in Georgia, Matt was drafted by the Lions to play college football.
He was subsequently considered to be 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 regarded him as a five-star recruit and listed him as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect.
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 during the playoff run. This was an incredible feat for him even at his level as at the time.
Matt Stafford recorded over 4,000 yards passing despite not having played in the first three games of the season given the knee injury he previously sustained. 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 numerous accolades, he also won the MVP and Best Arm awards 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 being replaced and the position would thus be taken up by Jim Caldwell as the new coach of the team. They impressively experienced a rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign by finishing with an 11–5 record. The team thus earned the NFC’s 6th seed, 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 rating of 85.7, 12 interceptions and 22 touchdowns.
The following year, on January 4, 2015, The Lions experienced a setback in a Wild Card Playoff Game against the Dallas Cowboys. Though they started off winning in the third quarter by 20-7, the Cowboys came through to win by 24-20. During this game, Matt threw 323 passing yards, had one touchdown, and one interception.
On January 19, 2015, Matt received the news that he had been selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl to replace Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, due to a quad injury he sustained during a game. This was great news for the sportsman because 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.
Stafford is married to Kelly Hall, the sister of former NFL player Chad Hall. The pair met while they were both studying at the University of Georgia. Interestingly, while he was playing as the quarterback of the football team, she, on the other hand, was a cheerleader. After graduation and a few years of dating, they got married on the 4th of April, 2015.
The couple made a wonderful announcement in November 2017 that they were expecting Identical twin girls. Their girls named Sawyer and Chandler were born on the 31st of March 2017. They are cuteness personified and their parents have not missed any chance of sharing their beautiful pictures with the world via social media.
1. Before he had even started a game at the collegiate level, analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicted correctly, that Matt Stafford would eventually be the first pick in the NFL Draft.
2. Stafford happens to be the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season, being one of three players to do it in 2011.
3. He is the fastest player in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards over 109 games.
4. He holds the NFL record for the most comeback wins having recorded 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.