Matthew Stafford is on his way to his first Super Bowl in his 13th year as an NFL quarterback. He shared the moment with his wife for nearly seven years after the Rams’ 20-17 victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.
Stafford’s wife, Kelly, went down to the pitch at SoFi Stadium to join her husband in the celebration. Their moment together was captured on camera and their long hugs went viral on Twitter.
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The couple have been together since they were students at the University of Georgia. Stafford was the starting quarterback, while Kelly was a cheerleader. Stafford was selected as the first overall by the Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft. He and Kelly waited until 2015 to get married.
Stafford was asked at the press conference after the game about the moment with his wife. He expressed his gratitude to her and to his family. The Staffords have four daughters together.
“She’s on. I could not have done it without her. She’s an incredible part of my life. I’m so lucky to be with her and have the children I have and the family I have – that’s it. “best part of my life. It’s great, but it’s so much better,” said Stafford. “Sharing that moment with her was so cool. She’s been through a lot of it with me, and we’ve leaned on each other at different times to help ourselves get what we’re going through. She’s special to me and I’m so glad I got to spend that time with her. “
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Stafford never won a playoff game during his 12-year tenure with the Lions, losing three times in the wildcard round. He now has three playoff wins with the Rams and is on his way to the Super Bowl. His wife has been there for him all along.
In addition, Stafford was there for his wife during her cancer battle in 2019. Kelly was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery to remove it. She has been cancer free for almost three years.
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The Rams will face the Bengals in Super Bowl 56 on February 13 at their home ground at SoFi Stadium.