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Lions QB Matthew Stafford lists Bloomfield Township home for $6.5 million

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Now you can live just like Matthew Stafford.

No, really, you can. The Detroit Lions quarterback has listed his Bloomfield Township home, and it can be yours for the low, low price of $6.5 million.

The 7,720-square foot home, located at 1867 Long Pointe Dr., sits on the banks of Upper Long Lake. It has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, five fireplaces, a glass elevator that goes to all three floors, an indoor half-basketball court (with flooring from when the Pistons played at the Silverdome), a 625-bottle wine cellar, hot/cold tubs, sauna and — according to the listing — the largest infinity pool in the state.

Kelly Stafford, Matthew’s wife, said in an Instagram story the couple is selling the home because they don’t want to have a pool or live on a lake with a fourth child on the way.

“No speculation is needed,” Kelly Stafford said. “We’re about to have our fourth child and I personally do not want to live on a lake or have a pool with four children under the age of a little over 3. So that is the reason that it’s on the market. It makes us super sad. That house has been incredible. We’ll never have a house like it. So it is a super sad thing, but it just makes us feel better knowing that there’s no real dangers of having tiny ones running around all the bodies of water. So, that is the reason.”

There has been talk around Detroit about Stafford potentially listing the home for months, and the decision had nothing to do with the false reports Stafford was being shopped by the club. General manager Bob Quinn called him moments after WDIV ran that story, coach Matt Patricia later talked to him too and Stafford never believed he wouldn’t be the quarterback of the Detroit Lions in 2020.

“I just prepare,” Stafford said this week. “I’m kind of boring in that aspect, in that I just kind of prepare to be here and do my job at a higher level than I did it the year before.”

Kelly Stafford, Matthew’s wife, made news when the trade rumors emerged for appearing to suggest she’d prefer to leave Michigan for California, where the couple bough a home last yaer in Newport Beach. She posted multiple times about the unfounded rumors.

But Matthew said he never paid them any mind.

“I don’t really pay too much attention to them,” Stafford said. “I pay less attention to them than my wife does. It’s something that doesn’t bother me. Listen, I’m here, I want to be here. I love being a Detroit Lion. I love leading this team. All that stuff is just out there to be out there. It’s a slow news month at that point. I’m just happy to be where I am and ready to deal with this offseason the way it is and try to make the best of the season that I hope happens.”

Stafford began the offseason at his Southern California home, where he was throwing to receivers Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola. Once the full gravity of the coronavirus came into focus, the Staffords packed up and flew to Atlanta, where they own another home. Aside from a couple weeks at Matthew Stafford’s in-laws on the Atlantic Ocean, the family has stayed in quarantine in Atlanta.

Kelly Stafford is currently pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, and they’re taking all necessary precautions, despite Matthew throwing to players like Amendola, D’Andre Swift, Quintez Cephus and Isaac Nauta in Atlanta.

“Just trying to make sure we’re limiting the amount of people that are there,” Matthew Stafford said. “Obviously, it’s only the guy throwing and the guys catching. Trying to do that. Trying to make sure, I’m honestly making a conscious effort to try not to lick my fingers before I get the ball, throw it. All those are kinds of things I never thought I’d have to think about. At the moment, I am.

“Just trying to make sure we limit our contact. Some of the times in California, I’d thrown and we’d be done and everybody would just click cleats at the end, say, ‘I appreciate you running.’ ‘Appreciate you throwing,’ and move on. Doing everything we can to try to stay safe. Obviously, I have three little ones and a pregnant wife at home, so it’s on the forefront of my mind to make sure I’m staying safe.”

Stafford, 32, is entering his 12th season in Detroit. He remains under contract through the 2022 season, and the club has remained committed to him as the present and future of the position despite a pair of back injuries that have plagued him the last two seasons. He missed the final eight games of last year while recovering from a broken bone in his upper back. He’s been rehabbing the injury in quarantine and says he’s fully healthy and ready to go for 2020.