“I Was Trying to Get Home as Fast as I Can”: Matthew Stafford Revealed the Impact His Wife’s Tumor Had on His Life and Football Career

Published 08/25/2022, 5:24 PM EDT
Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) with wife Kelly Hall after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports| Credit: Reuters

In April 2019, the Los Angeles Rams QB, Matthew Stafford, faced a life-changing situation. His wife of seven years, Kelly Stafford, went through surgery. She underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor. Although it was a benign tumor, it put things into perspective for the star QB.

Because of the surgery, Stafford had to stay some time away from football. As one would expect, returning to his job was difficult. He credits his wife’s strength and toughness, which allowed him to pay attention to football again.

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Matthew Stafford missed a week of Lion’s formal offseason program because Kelly was healing from the surgery. His wife went through intense headaches and pain. The Super Bowl-winning QB said, “[When] Kelly had a bad night, I was trying to get home as fast as I can. It’s been up and down, just as we kind of expected it to be. But like I said, everybody here has been extremely, extremely supportive, and so have my teammates have been great, too. They understand.”

How did the wife of Matthew Stafford manage to get better and stronger?

Kelly Stafford broke the news of her brain tumor on Instagram. Doctors diagnosed Stafford with acoustic neuroma. She talked about the fear of undergoing surgery, of losing the ability to hear, or something more ominous. Since the surgery, she kept the whole world posted about her recovery journey.

Nov 17, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

The surgery, which was supposed to be for 6 hours, turned into a 12-hour ordeal. The doctors found an abnormal vein inside her head. However, since the doctors were well-research on the anomaly, everything sailed smoothly. Kelly called her doctors her “dream team.”

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The event that she most looked forward to after the procedure was her close friend’s wedding. Matthew Stafford and his wife both attended the wedding.

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Matthew Stafford said, “I’ve got an obligation to this team that I love fulfilling.” Kelly forced her husband to take care of what was more important, i.e., football. And Stafford believes football helped him to cope with the stress of it all.

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Neha Joshi

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Neha Joshi is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She is pursuing her postgraduate degree in English Literature from R.D National, Mumbai.

Edited By: Deepika Bhaduri

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