Kelly Stafford details Super Bowl week preparations: 'This is it, baby. You got this'
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, have continued to run their version of the two-minute drill during Super Bowl week.
“The main time I love with him is before he leaves every morning, he’ll come over and just give me a kiss, and we’ll talk for, I don’t know, two minutes,’’ she said. “But it’s meaningful.
“ 'All right, here we are, middle of the week, this is it, baby. You got this. Have an incredible day. Let me know what you need if there’s anything I can do from home, and I’ll send you photos of the girls.' "
This is it, baby. You got this.
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The words have taken on added meaning as Stafford and the Rams prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56 Sunday at SoFi Stadium. But in some respects, little has changed at the Stafford household.
“It’s a big week for everybody right now,’’ Kelly said.
In addition to the Rams getting ready to play the Bengals, three of the Staffords’ four daughters are getting ready for a cheer competition.
“One of the things the girls love to show (Matthew) is the new part of their routine,’’ Kelly said. “So they’ll all line up and do it for him probably way too many times, and that’s like his break from studying is watching his little girls."
During an interview with USA TODAY Sports, Kelly talked about the joy and challenges of raising four daughters – twins Chandler and Sawyer, 4; Hunter, 3; and Tyler, 18 months – with a husband who is an NFL star.
Earlier this season, she said, her relationship with Matthew grew strained. She recalled him telling her, “ 'I feel like the last person on your list right now. I’m the last person that you come to. I’m the last person that you respond to.’
“We both had to take a step back. Even him, too, and just be like, ‘OK, where are we going wrong on this?’ And it was really me just trying to keep up with the demands of everything else that my husband’s overall well-being wasn’t a priority anymore."
But challenges are nothing new for the Staffords, who over the past 13 years have persevered through Kelly’s surgery in 2019 to remove a brain tumor; her struggles with infertility; Matthew’s surgery in 2011 on his right shoulder; and the frustration of playing for the Detroit Lions, who did not win a playoff game during Matthew’s 12 seasons with the Lions.
Kelly and Matthew shared a long embrace on the field at SoFi Stadium after the Rams clinched a spot in the Super Bowl with a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
“I couldn’t have done it without her,’’ Matthew said during his postgame news conference. “She’s an unbelievable part of my life. I’m so lucky to be with her and to have the children I have and the family that I have.
“It’s the best part of my life."