Staffords adopt families of slain police officers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
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Kelly Hall and Matthew Stafford

Allen Park – Detroit Lions fans are anxiously waiting to see if quarterback Matthew Stafford can deliver them a playoff berth this holiday season, but in his limited downtime away from the pressures of being an NFL player,

Stafford and his wife Kelly tried to bring some joy to a pair of families who have experienced unimaginable grief this year.


For the past several years, the Staffords have adopted families for Christmas. This year, they selected the families of Myron Jarrett and Kenneth Steil, two Detroit police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“(We’re) just happy to hopefully bring some cheer to some people in the holidays that have maybe had a tough time and this year it was a great opportunity considering I did two families with fallen police officers, people that protect us and lost their lives in the line of duty,” Stafford said. “It’s something we felt was important and just happy to do it.”


Kelly posted photos of the couple posing with each family on Instagram.

“This family has gone through a lot in the past month, but you would have never known it,” she wrote along with the photo of Steil’s family. “They welcomed us into their home with open arms. We are so grateful that we were given a chance to meet them, it was one of the best gifts we could be given.”

Stafford isn’t the only one using his platform to deliver some cheer to those less fortunate. His former top target, Calvin Johnson, posted a photo of dozens of gift bags he was loading into his car to deliver to Haven in Pontiac, a shelter for families of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

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