Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams
Matthew Stafford plans to continue playing despite his spate of injuries in the NFL. Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images


  • Matthew Stafford has no plans of retiring despite his latest spinal cord contusion
  • The Rams are hoping for a better 2023 NFL season after getting booted out by the Packers
  • Stafford will not undergo surgery for a spinal cord injury in the middle of the season

Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams is out for the rest of the 2022-23 NFL season due to a spinal cord contusion.

The nature of his injury has led many to speculate that the Super Bowl LVI may opt for retirement, and there is perhaps the best person to address that is the Florida native himself.

Appearing on "The Morning After" podcast hosted by his wife, Kelly Hall, the Pro Bowler may have finally laid to rest retirement speculations.

While Hall had already addressed that Stafford will continue to play NFL ball, she felt that it would be best to get it from her husband himself.

"A lot of people are asking this, which I already know the answer to, but retirement. Are you retiring?" Kelly asked to which Stafford replied,"No."

Stafford, who is signed until 2026, will be aiming to return to NFL action in 2023.

He is not expected to undergo surgery as he would rather address his injury during the offseason.

The current injury is just one of several setbacks that Stafford has had to endure.

In the offseason, he was slowed down by an elbow injury.

If all goes well after the current NFL season, the Rams are hoping to get a huge boost with a healthier Stafford back in harness.

Stafford signed a four-year, $160 million extension with the Rams in March.

This was one month after Los Angeles had won the Super Bowl.

He started the NFL regular season but missed some games in November, entering the concussion protocol twice.

Since then, he has been sidelined with a spinal cord contusion. This led to speculation that the 2011 NFL Comeback Player of the Year may consider retirement.

"Yeah, something in football, I don't know that I would have to be the medium of TV, but I don't know," Stafford said in response to his wife's question about considering retirement.

In nine games this season, Stafford has thrown for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

The Rams were booted out of playoff contention following their loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday, December 19, 24-12.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has led Los Angeles back to the Super Bowl in his first season with the club
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has set the records straight on retirement talks when he appeared on his wife's podcast. GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / RONALD MARTINEZ