There is no animosity between these NFL WAGs.
Kelly Stafford, the wife of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, reached out to model Christen Harper, who is engaged to Lions quarterback Jared Goff, following an incident during Detroit’s 24-23 wild-card victory over Los Angeles on Sunday. Kelly and her four young daughters were subjected to boos while on the sidelines.
Kelly revealed during her recent episode of “The Morning After” podcast that she had been exchanging text messages with Christen Harper earlier in the day.
“I stated, ‘You desire your fans to exhibit such fervor,” That is the desired outcome. Being on the receiving end may not be desirable, but if they happen to be your fans, it’s definitely a reason to celebrate! “Let’s go!”
Kelly was analyzing the fan behavior at Ford Field, the home stadium where Stafford played his 12-season tenure with the Lions. He was selected as the first-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Kelly shared her experience of facing criticism from a section of Lions fans as she walked on the sidelines with her young daughters – Tyler, Hunter, and the twins Sawyer and Chandler. She mentioned that Hunter, her 5-year-old, became upset and started crying.
During the game, there were instances where Stafford faced a less than welcoming reception from the crowd as he entered the field in Detroit. Additionally, he endured a forceful blow in the third quarter, leading to his subsequent visit to the medical tent. “I never expected Matthew to receive a standing ovation,” Kelly admitted. There is absolutely no possibility.
In this particular situation, it is evident that the boos can be heard. They are the loudest of all. This is a playoff football game. Entering the scene as adversaries… When my husband ran onto the field, you directed your boos at him, and that’s acceptable. The individual expresses their acceptance of the situation. No excuses will be tolerated.
She emphasized that she and her companions were not participating in the game. “My girls are not receiving negative reactions, it’s me who is facing the criticism, and I am capable of dealing with it. However, having my girls by my side adds a certain significance, perhaps suggesting otherwise.”
Kelly recounted being met with boos as she approached the Lions sideline to have a conversation with team owner Martha Ford.
“Hunter was visibly emotional,” she reported. “During the incident, one individual was heard saying, ‘guys they’re not booing you, they’re booing mommy…’ The fans are eager for their Lions to secure a victory.
Sawyer glanced at me and stated, “Well, we’re not participating in the sport.” I replied, “You’re absolutely right, Sawyer. However, mommy has been involved in various activities here, and that’s why they’re expressing their disapproval.”
Kelly voiced her frustration regarding Stafford’s post-game press conference. During the conference, he was questioned about his feelings towards the city of Detroit, taking into account his history, following the Lions’ victory in their first playoff game in 32 years.
“I am pleased for the players,” Stafford expressed. “I am pleased for those individuals.” There was speculation that Stafford’s response was a criticism of Detroit, a notion that Kelly disputed.
The woman addressed the situation, stating that her husband is indeed a human. After his team’s elimination from the playoffs, he was given a brief moment to process the defeat. However, it was evident that he was aware of the mixed reactions from the crowd, both the boos and the cheers, during his difficult moment. It has been confirmed that he did.
“He is also a competitor, and he is clearly frustrated that they did not win the game. It is surprising that you would ask him that question just five minutes after the match.”
There is no other quarterback who is being questioned about their feelings towards the success of another city. It is not a question that can be considered fair. The desire of my husband for the city is undeniable.
“The issue at hand is providing him with a moment to process the recent events and then permitting him to respond to the inquiry…” The answer was highly commendable. Does he want to express his excitement and show support for the people in the city by jumping up and down and cheering? The statement left me speechless.
Despite suffering a hand injury during a collision with a defender’s helmet, Stafford showed incredible resilience as he continued to play. He completed an impressive 25 out of 36 passes, accumulating a total of 367 yards and securing two touchdowns.
The Rams finished the regular season with a record of 10-7 before being eliminated by the Lions. In a long-awaited turn of events, the Detroit Lions, who have been struggling in the playoffs since 1992, have finally secured a home game in the Divisional Round. On January 21, they will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In a dominant display, the Bucs secured a resounding victory over the Eagles with a final score of 32-9 in the wild-card round on Monday.