Kelly Stafford interviews Christen Harper on her podcast – and they both love Detroit

More than two years after the Detroit Lions traded quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for quarterback Jared Goff and draft picks, Stafford and Goff’s worlds collide again.

Kelly Stafford, who is married to Matthew Stafford, recently interviewed Christen Harper, who is engaged to Goff, for her latest episode of her podcast “The Morning After with Kelly Stafford.”

Harper is a model, content creator and philanthropist. She and Goff got engaged in June 2022 and are planning a summer 2024 wedding. Harper told Sports Illustrated the two met on the dating app Raya.

Harper explained how the perception of her changed after she started dating Goff.

“I think for me having a career has been an interesting dynamic, I built a platform for myself before I met Jared and just like the conversation that changed after I started dating him. Where like I’ve now become not just Christen Harper, but I’m now just Jared Goff’s girlfriend or fiancée and I love my name like it’s front page news,” she previously said on the podcast. Women of the League”, where she is a cast member.

Harper, who grew up in California, told Stafford she never went to Michigan before Goff was traded. The two now live in Bloomfield Hills.

“I had never heard a single positive thing about Detroit and so I really wasn’t sure what we were getting into and then of course you get there and I’m like, ‘This place is amazing'” , said Harper.

Jarden Goff and Christen Harper on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Jarden Goff and Christen Harper on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

“There’s something so special about the people there and they’re die-hard fans and they just support, support, support,” she said.

And Stafford still loves Detroit fans too.

“Before, I hated them coming to games and booing and carrying bags over their heads…I hated it. I miss it. They care,” Stafford said. “The loyalty of the Lions fans, the fact that they would even pay to come to some of the games we were to play, is quite unreal.”

Los Angeles Rams'  Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly Stafford celebrate after winning the NFC title game against San Francisco at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022.

Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams and his wife Kelly Stafford celebrate after winning the NFC title game against San Francisco at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, January 30, 2022.

Harper noticed a difference between fans in California and Detroit.

Harper said fans in California usually want a photo of Goff when they see him, but in Michigan they just want to talk to him.

“To me, that says a lot about the difference,” Harper said.

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Although Harper hasn’t yet been able to visit Up North, which Stafford told her was a must, she has found favorite spots in Metro Detroit, including Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro and Commonwealth, both in Birmingham, and she said the pasta “is to die for” at SheWolf in Detroit.

They also briefly touched on the gambling scandal that hit the Lions after four players were suspended in April for violating NFL gambling policy.

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“First of all, I think this rule should be changed,” Stafford said.

“I think some of them were confused,” Harper said.

You can listen to the latest episode of Stafford’s podcast below.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Kelly Stafford interviews Christen Harper on podcast

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