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LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly ‘sad and angry’ as she slams NFL over concussion protocol

LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly ‘sad and angry’ as she slams NFL over concussion protocol

The Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly, revealed she was worried and angry after her husband entered concussion protocol as she urged the NFL to improve player care.

Super Bowl-winning quarterback, 34, entered into the protocol The team confirmed Wednesday after consulting with the Rams’ medical staff Tuesday afternoon.

Following the announcement, his wife Kelly, 33, shared on his ‘Morning After’ podcast’s Instagram profile how ‘big deal’ the situation is to him.

‘If you follow the NFL you’ve heard Matthew has been placed in concussion protocol,’ he posted in an Instagram story.

‘If you’ve listened to my podcast at all, you know how big a deal this is to me. The head is not something to be messed with…and I hope that as this sport develops, so will the concern for head health and the research around it.’

Rams coach Sean McVay revealed that doctors questioned Stafford later Sunday 16-13 loss in Tampa Bay and agreed that the concussion protocol was the ‘appropriate thing’.

LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford's wife, Kelly (right), slammed the NFL this week after placing her husband in concussion protocol.

LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly (right), slammed the NFL this week after placing her husband in concussion protocol.

The Super Bowl winner entered the protocol Tuesday following Sunday's loss to the Rams

The Super Bowl winner entered the protocol Tuesday following Sunday’s loss to the Rams

Kelly took to Instagram to share a statement to express how 'angry and concerned' she was

Kelly took to Instagram to share a statement to express how ‘angry and concerned’ she was

It’s unclear if Stafford will be ready to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals because the Rams are taking it day by day.

Kelly, who shares four daughters with the quarterback, twins Chandler and Sawyer, 5, Hunter, 3, and Tyler, 2, revealed she was ‘not okay’ and was emotional.

‘I have every emotion. Anxious, angry, sad, tired…everything,’ he continued.

The Georgia native continues to express his concern for player safety in the NFL on his personal Instagram account.

He called for better safety precautions, including switching turf for grass, along with a repost The message Green Bay Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell wrote on Twitter.

Campbell’s tweet read: ‘I think it’s about time you collect some money from us and invest in grass fields for every team around the league. Turf is literally like concrete. It doesn’t pay when you plant the @NFL.’

The former UGA cheerleader wholeheartedly agreed with Campbell’s message with a statement of her own in the caption.

He wrote: ‘Yes. Yes. Yes. A million yeses.

Georgia native Green Bay Packers linebacker De'Vondre Campbell also reported a tweet calling for the league to replace the turf with 'concrete'.

Georgia native Green Bay Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell also reported a tweet calling for the league to replace the turf with ‘concrete’.

The former cheerleader wholeheartedly agrees with the message calling for change

The former cheerleader wholeheartedly agrees with the message calling for change

The 33-year-old regularly attends her husband's games with her four daughters

The 33-year-old regularly attends her husband’s games with her four daughters

The couple shares twins Chandler and Sawyer (top and bottom right), 5, Hunter (top left), 3, and Tyler (bottom left), 2.

The couple shares twins Chandler and Sawyer (top and bottom right), 5, Hunter (top left), 3, and Tyler (bottom left), 2.

‘There should be no more turf for the health of these players. Not only their limbs but more importantly their head health. There is a big difference between when a helmet hits the grass and when it hits the grass.

‘If the NFL doesn’t make it mandatory or the owners don’t want to do it, the players’ contracts guarantee, so if injuries happen due to negligence, they will be taken care of.

‘Matthew’s generation will likely never see this change…but for the health of these future players, the @nfl needs to do it.’

Kelly is no stranger to head-related injuries of her own. He underwent surgery in 2019 to remove a brain tumor.

Then just 29 years old, she revealed on Instagram that she suffered months of vertigo spells before being diagnosed with a noncancerous mass known as an acoustic neuroma, which sits on a nerve that originates directly from the brain.

In 2019, she revealed on Instagram that she had been suffering from vertigo spells for months before being diagnosed with a non-cancerous mass known as an acoustic neuroma.

In 2019, she revealed on Instagram that she had been suffering from vertigo spells for months before being diagnosed with a non-cancerous mass known as an acoustic neuroma.

He underwent a 12-hour procedure.  A few days later, he returned to the hospital in pain

He underwent a 12-hour procedure. A few days later, he returned to the hospital in pain

Months later, she was still learning to walk again, but she praised Matthew for his support

Months later, she was still learning to walk again, but she praised Matthew for his support

The tumor is caused by a mutation in a gene on chromosome 22, but it is not clear what causes the mutation. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, about 2,500 new patients are diagnosed each year.

In April 2019, she underwent a 12-hour procedure. A few days later, he returned to the hospital in pain.

Recovery was not easy and in September 2020, he revealed that he was still learning to walk again.

‘I have symptoms that are still lingering. In fact, they are no longer symptoms. They’re just a part of me,’ Kelly explained via Instagram at the time.

‘But every time I get these headaches, lose my footing or my girls scream out of earshot, when I don’t really hear them, I remind myself how strong I am. How strong is my marriage? How strong my family is. It was part of God’s plan, a plan I am ready for. Grateful to be here.’

But she continued to thrive and in March 2020 the couple announced they were expecting their fourth child.

Stafford, née Hall, has been cheering for her husband for a long time, starting as a cheerleader for his football players at UGA.

After her recovery, the couple announced they were expecting their fourth child in 2020

After her recovery, the couple announced they were expecting their fourth child in 2020

The Kellys and their daughters regularly come out in team colors to cheer on Stafford and the Rams

The Kellys and their daughters regularly come out in team colors to cheer on Stafford and the Rams

She has been cheering for her husband for a long time, starting out as a cheerleader for his football players

She has been cheering for her husband for a long time, starting out as a cheerleader for his football players

Kelly comes from a football family and was a cheerleader at the University of Georgia

Kelly comes from a football family and was a cheerleader at the University of Georgia

He comes from a football family: his older brother, Chad Hall, was an NFL receiver and is now the Buffalo Bills’ wide receivers coach.

The pair were together when the Lions drafted Matthews first overall in 2009, with Kelly entering the workforce as a nurse.

Matthew proposed in 2014 and the lovebirds tied the knot in 2015 at Puritan Mills Foundry in Atlanta, Georgia. The extravagant affair included personalized neon trucker hats for guests, as well as a Nike shoe bar – brand sponsored by Matthew – that gave out free shoes to all in attendance.

She previously praised her husband for sticking by her during his diagnosis, writing at the time: ‘Thank you, Matthew. Thank you for taking care of me and our family and always putting us first. Thank you for always being my rock and putting me at ease during the hardest times of my life.

‘I’m lucky to have known you and the man you are…but most of all, I’m lucky you chose me to live. Thank you.’


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