They have been friends since they were seven. They could soon be two of the biggest stars in a city full of them. When news came on Saturday night that the Detroit Lions allegedly traded quarterback Matthew Stafford for quarterback Jared for the Los Angeles Rams
They have been friends since they were seven. They could soon be two of the biggest stars in a city full of them.
When the news came on Saturday night that the Detroit Lions were reportedly trading quarterback Matthew Stafford for quarterback Jared Goff and Draft Picks for the Los Angeles Rams, many SoCal sports fans immediately thought of it: Stafford and
Hello @ ClaytonKersh22Did you hear from an old friend today? 👀
– Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 31, 2021
One of the greatest pitchers of all time and one of the NFL’s elite QBs, dates back to when they played baseball, basketball, and soccer together as kids. Both graduated from Highland Park High School in University Park, Texas. In fact, they’re almost the same age – Stafford is about six weeks older than Kershaw.
The similarities don’t end there – both Kershaw and Stafford were selected in the first round of MLB and NFL drafts, respectively (Kershaw of High School in 2006 and Stafford of the University of Georgia in 2009). Stafford even named a piece “Kershaw” after his buddy, which he used in a 2017 game against the New York Giants.
The two have spent their professional careers quite a long geographic distance between them, but that could soon change. The Dodgers are the defending World Series champions, so Kershaw has his ring. Stafford hasn’t got a championship ring yet, but it may lead the Rams to their first Super Bowl title in more than two decades.
In the meantime, Kershaw may name a place after Stafford. Maybe the Stafford Slider?