stafford-family-with-sacha-jarret-and-sonDetroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford appreciates the sacrifices police officers make. So much so, he and his wife helped the family of a slain Detroit police corporal have a slightly brighter Christmas this year.

Corporal Jarrett was killed during a traffic stop by a hit-and-run driver on October 28, and the Detroit Police Department is making sure that Jarrett’s widow Sacha and their four kids are looked after, particularly during their first holiday season without Myron.

Stafford and his wife “adopted” the Jarett family for the holidays offering gifts and well-wishes to ease the pain of their loss. Stafford played Santa Claus and brought presents to the Jarrett home on Wednesday (the Lions’ schedule interfered with Christmas Day gift-giving).

Despite being a well-known football player, Sacha said, “Matthew Stafford and his wife are so sweet and he’s so down to earth. He’s such a regular guy. He came to my home, he seemed like he was very comfortable there, he communicated with my kids and I just appreciate what they did for my family this Christmas.”

I am now officially a Matthew Stafford fan. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have something in my eye.