Rams QB Matthew Stafford's wife reveals dating his backup

Kelly Stafford shared on ‘Off the Vine’ podcast how she dated Stafford's backup quarterback to make him jealous.

Pop Culture & Art June 22, 2024

Kelly Stafford, wife of Super Bowl LVI winner Matthew Stafford, revealed on the "Off the Vine" podcast that she once dated his backup quarterback in college to make him jealous. 

Speaking on the podcast, Kelly shared anecdotes from their early relationship at the University of Georgia. “Long story short, it wasn’t that cute of a relationship at first. I hated him. I loved him. I dated the backup to piss him off which worked,“ Kelly admitted. "Matthew is so sweet and Southern gentleman, and the backup was the complete opposite."

Kelly recalled an incident where Matthew confronted her about her dating choices. "At one point, he waited and followed me out to my car and got in my car and wouldn’t get out. He was like, 'He’s not right for you.' and I was like, 'You can’t tell me that. Get the ---- out of my car'. Meanwhile, he’s dating like 12/10s, supermodels.”

Kelly's comments sparked a backlash in the video's comment section, with NFL fans roasting her for the admission. One fan wrote, "Kelly Stafford, with a HOF double major in publicizing her questionable past and embarrassing her husband and future kids, stars in a clip that won’t ever go away. Good job!" Another commented, "Y’all both the type that don’t want anyone happy unless they’re with you."

Matthew Stafford, now the quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, spent three seasons at Georgia from 2006 to 2008. During that period, he had two backups on the roster: Joe Tereshinski, who was there during Stafford's first season, and Joe Cox, who joined Georgia at the same time as Stafford. Given that Kelly mentioned the mystery man dorming with Stafford, clues led football fans to suggest Cox as the unnamed man.

After Stafford, the No. 1 overall draft pick, left for the NFL in 2009, Cox stepped in as Georgia's starting quarterback. The Bulldogs saw a sharp decline in performance that season, plummeting from being a top-15 team nationally to ranking 35th out of 120 Division I schools. He now serves as the tight end coach at Ole Miss and has coached seven teams since 2014.


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