Who Is Matthew Stafford?
Matthew Stafford (born John Matthew Stafford) is a famous American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL (National Football League). He played college football at Georgia and was selected by the Detroit Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Ranking in the top 12 of all-time pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Currently, he is the fifth all-time in passing yards per game and is the fastest player in NFL history to have reached 40,000 career passing yards.
From 2009 to 2020, he had a breakout year in 2011 as Lion’s primary starter, where he became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a single season, which also led Detroit to their first playoff appearance since 1999. In 2014 and 2016, he led the Lions to two further playoff runs, earning himself Pro Bowl honors during the former and setting an NFL season record for most comeback wins in the latter. After mutually agreeing to part ways with the Lions, he was traded to the Rams in 2021 and led them to victory in Super Bowl LVI.
How Old Is Matthew Stafford?
Stafford is 35 years old as of October 2023, having been born on February 7, 1988, in Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. Matthew Stafford shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Jacksepticeye, Gabbie Hanna, Sam Sulek, Edot Baby (2005-2022), and many more.
Matthew Stafford Family
Who are Matthew Stafford’s Parents?
Stafford was born to John Stafford (Father) and Margaret Stafford (Mother).
Does Matthew Stafford have Siblings?
He has an elder sister by the name of Page Stafford.
Matthew Stafford Education
Stafford received his high school education at Highland Park High School where he graduated. After graduating from high school, he attended The University of Georgia.
Matthew Stafford Wife
Stafford is married to the love of his life, Kelly Hall, the sister of former NFL player Chad Hall. They got married on April 4, 2015.
Matthew Stafford Kids
Stafford has four kids with his wife Kelly Hall. Four daughters by the names of; twins Chandler and Sawyer (born in March 2017), Hunter Hope (born in August 2018), and Tyler Hall (born in June 2020).
Matthew Stafford Height – Measurements
Adding to his well-built body is a height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91m) and a weight of 105kg (231 lbs).
Matthew Stafford Career
Matthew Stafford’s Early Career
He was coached by Randy Allen and was widely considered to be one of the best high school quarterbacks in the United States in the Class of 2006, ranked ahead of Tim Tebow. While attending Highland Park High School, he led his team to a perfect 15-0 record and won the UIL 4A Division I State Championship in 2005. In 2005, he was named to the Parade All-America Team and the USA Today Pre-Season Super 25. Also, he won the MVP and Best Arm awards at the 2005 EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and was named the 2005 EA Sports National Player of the Year. Rivals.com regarded him as a five-star recruit and was listed as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect in the class of 2006 by Rivals.com.
Matthew Stafford College Career
Matthew Stafford 2006 Season
He graduated early from high school and enrolled at the University of Georgia in January. There, he became the first true freshman quarterback to start for the Georgia Bulldogs football team since Quincy Carter in 1998 and the first out of high school to start since Eric Zeier in 1991. At Georgia, he wore number 7. He debuted late in the season opener of the 2006 season against Western Kentucky and went 3 or 5 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown pass in the 48-12 victory. He completed his freshman season by leading Georgia to a 31-24 comeback victory over Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl after the Bulldogs trailed 21-3 at halftime.
Matthew Stafford’s 2007 season
In the season opener, he threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 35-14. In the win over #9 Florida, he completed 11 of 18 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long touchdown pass of 84 yards to Mohamed Massaquoi and a 53-yard touchdown pass to Henderson. For the season, he completed 194 of 348 passes for 2,523 yards (194.1/game) and 19 touchdowns as well as two rushing touchdowns.
Matthew Stafford’s 2008 season
Georgia entered the season with the longest active winning streak among the 66 BCS conference teams, having won its last seven games of the 2007 season. He led them to victories in their first four games to move the winning streak to 11. In the final regular season game, he completed 24 out of 39 attempts for 407 yards and five touchdowns against Georgia Tech, setting personal collegiate highs for passing yards and touchdowns in a single game, albeit a 45-42 loss. He finished the season with a conference-leading 235 pass completions for 3,459 passing yards, the second most in school history, and 25 touchdowns, the single-season record for passing touchdowns. He then chose to forgo his senior season and entered the 2009 NFL Draft.
Matthew Stafford Professional Career
Several NFL analysts predicted Matthew would be the #1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft in April 2008, if he chose to leave school early. On April 24, 2009, he agreed to record contract terms with the Detroit Lions to become the first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He became the fourth player out of Georgia to be the first overall selection in the draft and the first since Harry Babcock in 1953.
Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz announced on September 6, 2009, that Stafford would be the Lions’ starting quarterback heading into the season. In Week 1, he was the first Lions rookie quarterback to start since Greg Landry in 1968. In the game, he completed 16 of 37 passes for 205 yards and three interceptions. He recorded his first win as a Lion in a game against the Washington Redskins. There, he passed for 241 yards and a touchdown in the 19-14 victory.
He then threw five touchdowns on November 22, 2009, in a 38-37 win over the Cleveland Browns. This made him become the youngest quarterback ever to do so, being more than a year younger than the former record holder, Dan Marino. On December 24, he was placed on the injured reserve for a minor knee injury. He concluded his rookie season having passed for 2,267 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. On September 11, the Lions opened the season in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with high expectations. In the game, Stafford played well throwing for 305 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in a 27-20 win.
The following week, he had another strong performance throwing for four touchdowns, 294 yards, and an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs, leading the Lions to a 48-3 blowout victory. On November 20, he threw for 335 yards and tied his career-high with five touchdowns as the Lions defeated the Carolina Panthers in another comeback 49-35. Over the last four games of the 2011 regular season, he became the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 1,500 yards (1,511) and 14 touchdowns over a four-game span. He and the Lions finished the regular season with a 10-6 record, good enough for the Lions to make their first playoff appearance since 1999.
The 2012 season was full of setbacks for Stafford, as he threw three interceptions and one touchdown pass during the opening game against the St. Louis Rams. On July 7, 2013, he agreed to a three-year, $53 million extension with the Lions. He was guaranteed $41.5 million through 2017. The Lions announced Jim Caldwell as their new head coach on January 14, 2014. During the season, he became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 20,000 passing yards. It was announced on January 19, 2015, that Matthew was selected for the 2015 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl appearance. He made his last Lions’ appearance in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was forced to leave the game in the first quarter due to an ankle injury and did not return during the 47-7 loss.
Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams
He was traded to the Rams on March 18, 2021, in a package involving Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, and two first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. He made his Rams debut during Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. In the game, he threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns with a career-best 156.1 passer rating as the Rams won 34-14, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time since the 2009 season.
For the first time in his career playing in the NFC Championship, he and the Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 20-17. In a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, he and the Rams came away victorious on their home field with a final score of 23-20. He signed a four-year, $160 million extension with the Rams on March 19, 2022. During the offseason, he underwent an elbow procedure on his right elbow after experiencing pain throughout the previous season.
Matthew Stafford Salary
Stafford earns an annual basic salary of $20 million working as a quarterback.
Matthew Stafford’s Net Worth
Matthew boasts a net worth of $150 million. He has accumulated his wealth through his career as an American Quarterback.