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Matthew Stafford to wife Kelly: "When we win, let’s go back to Michigan"

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The Los Angeles Rams have been adopted by Detroit, and Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly can feel it.

"Honestly, Detroit, I love y'all," Kelly said on the most recent episode of her podcast after Stafford and the Rams advanced to the Super Bowl. "You can't put into words what y'all have meant to us in the 12 years that we spent there, but even now the support that we're getting from you guys, you guys will always be our family, that will always be our home."

A huge segment of the Lions fanbase is pulling for Stafford to win it all and get the credit he deserved in Detroit. He requested a trade last offseason after trying and failing for 12 seasons to turn a losing franchise into a winner. It took him one season with the Rams to win the first division title and the first three playoff games of his career. Now he's one win away from immortality, with the city he left behind cheering him on.

Turns out he brought it with him.

Kelly said Detroit "has a massive place in our hearts, Matthew included."

"In fact, we were talking about it the other day, He was like, 'Hey, when we win, let’s go back to Michigan.' One, to visit (friends), but two, we just missed it," said Kelly. "We missed the spots, we missed a lot of things. So it truly means the world to both of us. I got tagged in so many things from Michigan people in their Stafford jerseys saying, 'We're rooting you on' and stuff like that, so we hear it and we feel it. We really do, so thank you guys. Detroit Rams, I’m here for it. Why not."

When she learned that one Lions fan on Twitter requested two parades if the Rams win the Super Bowl -- one in LA and one in Detroit -- Kelly laughed and said, "Michigan people are one of a kind."

"I wish we could do that, but I don’t know if that will fly. But we’ll come back and make our rounds in Michigan, for sure," she said.

Kelly said they'll be back in town this offseason to break ground on one of their charitable projects -- they made a $1 million parting gift to help build a new education center in Detroit -- and "we’re going to come back anyways before that."

"Long story short, I love you guys and we feel your support, I promise, all the way from Michigan," she said. "So thank you."

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