Matthew Stafford Biography

Quick Facts About Matthew Stafford

Celebrated NameMatthew Stafford
Age33 Years
Nick NameMatthew Stafford
Birth NameJohn Matthew Stafford
Birth Date1988-02-07
ProfessionAmerican footballer
Place Of BirthTampa, Florida
Birth NationUSA
Home TownDallas, Texas
FatherJohn Stafford
MotherMargaret Stafford
High SchoolHighland Park High School
UniversityUniversity of Georgia
Marital StatusMarried
WifeKelly Hall
Married Date4th April 2015
Children4; Twins Sawyer Stafford and Chandler Stafford, Hunter Hope Stafford, and Tyler Hope
Sexual OrientationStraight
Net Worth$35 Million
Source of WealthNFL Career
Height6 ft 3 in
Weight105 KG
Eye ColorLight Brown
Hair ColorLight Brown
Body TypeAthletic
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Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback. He is playing for his current team, the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Bulldogs from 2006 to 2008 at the University of Georgia. Then, he was drafted by the Detroit Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He is the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season, being 1 of 3 players to do it in 2011, & the fastest player in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards. He also holds the NFL record for the most comeback wins in a season, recording 8 in the 2016 NFL season. He signed a $135-million contract extension with the Lions, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time in 2017, Later, he was traded to the Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff. 

What is Matthew Stafford Known For?

  • Being football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. 
  • Considered to be one of the best high school quarterbacks in the United States in the Class of 2006. 

American football quarterback, Matthew Stafford

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Where is Matthew Stafford from?

Matthew Stafford was born on 7th February 1988. His place of birth is in Tampa, Florida, the USA. Whereas his hometown was Dallas, Texas where he spent his childhood. He is an American by nationality and his ethnic background is American-White. His birth name or real name is John Matthew Stafford. About his parents, he was born to his father, John Stafford, and his mother, Margaret Stafford. He has one sibling, an older sister named Page. He follows the Christianity religion and his Zodiac sign is Aquarius. 

Regarding his educational qualification, Matthew Stafford attended Highland Park High School. 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. He led his team to a perfect 15-0 record and won the UIL 4A Division I State Championship in 2005 and also received numerous accolades, including being named to the Parade All-America Team and the USA Today Pre-Season Super 25. Moreover, 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. He graduated early from high school and enrolled at the University of Georgia in January, where he became the first true freshman quarterback to start for the Georgia Bulldogs football team. He debuted late in the season opener of the 2006 season against Western Kentucky. He completed his freshman season by leading Georgia to a 31-24 come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He finished the 2006 season with 1,749 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. In 2007, he had 175 yards passing and a touchdown pass during Georgia’s 41-10 rout of the #10 Hawaii Warriors in the 2008 Sugar Bowl and completed 194 of 348 passes for 2,523 yards (194.1/game) and 19 touchdowns as well as two rushing touchdowns for the season. He finished the 2008 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, and then chose to forgo his senior season and entered the 2009 NFL Draft.

How was the Career of Matthew Stafford?

  • Matthew Stafford agreed to record contract terms with the Detroit Lions on April 24, 2009, becoming the first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. The six-year contract reportedly contained $41.7 million in guaranteed money carrying a total value of up to $78 million.  
  • On September 6, 2009, the Lions head coach announced that Stafford would be the Lions’ permanent starting quarterback heading into the 2009 season. 
  • Matthew threw his first career touchdown pass on an eight-yard completion to Calvin Johnson in the game against Minnesota Vikings. 
  • On 22nd November 2009, he threw five touchdowns in a 38-37 win over the Cleveland Browns, becoming the youngest quarterback ever to do so, being more than a year younger than the former record holder, Dan Marino.
  • Accumulating 422 yards passing, he won NFC Offensive Player of the Week and Pepsi Rookie of the Week. 
  • He was then placed on injured reserve on 24th December for a minor knee injury. His rookie season has passed for 2,267 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. 
  • He injured his right shoulder in the season opener against the Chicago Bears on September 12, 2010 season. He returned on October 31 against the Washington Redskins. 
  • On 7th November, he re-injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ loss to the New York Jets.
  • The Lions announced that Dr. James Andrews had performed surgery on Stafford’s throwing shoulder, which included an AC joint repair and a clavicle shaving. The surgery ended his 2010 season.   
  • The Lions opened the season on September 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for 305 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in a 27-20 win. 
  • He won the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for his performance.
  • Stafford 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.
  • On 1st January 2012, he became the fourth quarterback in NFL history & third in the 2011 season, to throw for 5,000 passing yards in a season, the second-youngest quarterback in NFL history to reach 5,000 yards.
  • Over the last 4 games of the 2011 regular season, he became the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 1,500 yards & 14 touchdowns over a four-game span.
  • He was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC after the 2011 NFL season. He was later named the 2011 Pro Football Weekly Comeback Player of the Year, AP Comeback Player of the Year, and NFL Alumni Quarterback of the Year. 
  • He was ranked 41st by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012. 
  • He finished the 2012 season with 20 touchdown passes, significantly less compared to the 41 touchdowns he passed for in the 2011 season; 17 interceptions, one more than 2011, and second-most in his career since his rookie season; 4,967 passing yards on 727 attempts; and a QB rating of 79.8, the lowest since his rookie season. 
  • On 7th July 2013, he agreed to a 3-year, $53 million extension with the Lions. He was guaranteed $41.5 million through 2017. 
  • He set a record for completions over 50 games at 1,214, over Marc Bulger’s 1,115.  
  • He then finished the 2013 season with 4,650 passing yards, with 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
  • On 14th January 2014, in Pro-Bowl season, the Detroit Lions announced Jim Caldwell as their new head coach. They earned the NFC’s 6th seed, their first playoff appearance since 2011.
  • He finished the 2014 season with 4,257 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, to go along with a QB rating of 85.7.
  • On 19th January 2015, it was announced that Stafford was selected for the 2015 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl appearance. For the game, he was named Pro Bowl Offensive MVP. 
  • He became the first quarterback in NFL history to complete 60 percent or more of his passes in all 16 games during his 2015 season. 
  • On 11th December 2016, he broke Peyton Manning’s NFL record of most fourth-quarter comebacks in a season with 8.
  • He ended the 2016 season with 4,327 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions-his sixth consecutive season with at least 4,000 passing yards. He also reached the 30,000 career passing yards milestone.
  • He signed a 5-year, $135 million extensions with $92 million guaranteed on 28th August 2017, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time. 
  • Matthew ended the 2017 season with 4,446 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions – his seventh consecutive season with at least 4,000 passing yards. 
  • He had a new head coach in Matt Patricia in his 2018 season. On Monday Night Football on September 10 against the New York Jets, his season opener, he had four interceptions and the Lions lost the game by a score of 48-17. 
  • He finished the 2018 season with 3,777 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. 
  • It was later revealed that he was diagnosed with non-displaced fractures in his upper thoracic spine, causing him to miss more time than usual. On 18th December 2019, he was placed on injured reserve after missing the previous six games and the Lions missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. 
  • He made his return from injury in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears where he threw for 297 yards, one touchdown, and one interception as the Lions lost 27-23.
  • He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being a high-risk close contact with a non-team person who tested positive for COVID-19. It was on 4th November 2020. He was then removed from the COVID-19 list after he came back negative for the virus on 7th November 2020. 
  • In the 2020 season, he started all 16 games and finished with 4,084 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. 
  • On 18th March 2021, he was traded to the Rams in a package involving Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, and two first-round picks in 2022 and 2023.

Awards and Achievements


  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week twice during the 2006 season
  • Named’s National Freshman of the Week for his performance against Auburn on November 11, 2006
  • Received the University of Georgia’s 2006 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award
  • Named to the 2006 SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team 
  • Named Offensive MVP of the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl
  • Named All-America in 2008 by Pro Football Weekly 
  • Named to Second-team All-SEC in 2008 
  • MVP of the 2009 Capital One Bowl 
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2011)
  • Pro Bowl (2014)
  • First-team All-American (2008)

NFL records

  • Most passing attempts in a single season: 727 (2012)
  • First player in NFL history to complete 60% or more of all passes in each game in a season (2015)
  • Most 4th quarter comebacks in a single season: 8 (2016)
  • Fastest player to reach 20,000 career passing yards (71 games)
  • Fastest player to reach 30,000 career passing yards (109 games)
  • Fastest player to reach 40,000 career passing yards (147 games)
  • Fastest player to reach 45,000 career passing yards (165 games)

Who is Matthew Stafford Wife?

Matthew Stafford is a married man. He married his beautiful wife, Kelly Hall on April 4, 2015. He met his wife, Kelly while they were both at the University of Georgia. While he was the quarterback of the football team, Kelly was a cheerleader. In November 2016, the couple announced they were expecting twin girls. The couple shares for daughters: twins Sawyer Stafford and Chandler Stafford, born in 2017, Hunter Hope Stafford born in 2018, and Tyler Hope Stafford, was born in June 2020. In April 2019, Kelly Stafford revealed on Instagram that she had a brain tumor. She underwent a 12-hour surgery on April 21. He took time off from being with the Lions, as training camp started up shortly after Kelly’s surgery. As of today, the couple is leading a happy life without any disturbances. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay. 

Matthew Stafford with his wife, Kelly Hall and their kids

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What is Matthew Stafford Net Worth?

Matthew Stafford is a professional NFL footballer who has spent more than ten years in the league. Stafford’s net worth is estimated to have $35 Million as of 2021. On August 28, 2017, Stafford signed a 5-year, $135 million extensions with $92 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time. This year (2021), Stafford is earning a yearly wage of $9,500,000, a roster bonus of $10,000,000, and a workout bonus of $500,000, costing the team a $20,000,000 total cap hit, increasing the Los Angeles Rams’s dead cap to $10,000,000. His major source of wealth comes from his NFL career. He is living a luxurious lifestyle as of today. 

How tall is Matthew Stafford?

Matthew Stafford is a handsome man with an athletic body type. He has a perfect height of 6 feet 3 inches or 1.91 m. His balanced bodyweight consists of 105 kg. He has light brown hair color and his eye color is also light brown. Stafford’s other body measurements such as chest size, hip size, waist size, and more are still to get revealed yet. He maintained his body a lot by doing frequent exercise. Overall, he has got a healthy body with a charming personality. 

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