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Stafford a daredevil, but it's wife Kelly's playbook

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Kelly Hall and Matthew Stafford

Allen Park — Matthew Stafford had some new life experiences the past couple months.

First, he married his college sweetheart, Kelly Hall, in Atlanta with several teammates in attendance. Then, the newlyweds traveled to New Zealand for their honeymoon and took part in some daredevil activities like skydiving and riding the world's largest swing.

And as Stafford turned the page in his new life, Lions fans were among those wishing him well.

"I guess when they put it out there that was registered, I got a bunch of gifts from Lions fans, so I appreciate that, Lions fans," he said Tuesday at team headquarters. "There were quite a few. We kind of just started getting them in bunches."

The Staffords registered through Williams-Sonoma, which made headlines back in February. But the couple hasn't even opened all of the wedding presents yet.

"This is part of my public 'thank you,'" Stafford said. "But we haven't started on any thank you notes, so those of y'all holding your breath can start breathing."

When Stafford will have time to write those notes remains to be seen as he's back in Allen Park this week for the beginning of the Lions' offseason conditioning program. He said he's excited to be back with his teammates and talking about football.

Of course, some of the conversations Stafford has this week will be about his off-field activities. He doesn't know yet if being married will make him a better quarterback, something coach Jim Caldwell joked about recently, but he said it was a "great" wedding and was glad he survived the honeymoon.

Even though the groom is supposed to plan the post-wedding excursions, Stafford said skydiving and riding the 160-meter high Nevis Swing wasn't his idea.

"Hell no," he said. "Yeah, those are Kelly's. I couldn't let her do it and not do it myself."

All in all, Stafford said the wedding was a good experience, and the entire celebration went smoothly.

"You blink and it's over with, so you've got to make sure you enjoy it," he said.

And as much as he enjoyed skydiving, Stafford doesn't expect to follow in Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy's footsteps and wing walk on a biplane any time soon.

"He's nuts," Stafford said. "He does it every year. I'm going to do it once and probably never do it again."

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