New article sheds light on Clayton Kershaw and Matthew Stafford’s parallel childhoods.

Clayton Kershaw Matthew Stafford

This photo, published today on, shows Clayton Kershaw and childhood teammate and friend Matthew Stafford (right), now a quarterback for the Detroit Lions.

What are the odds the best quarterback in the country and the best pitcher in the country would graduate from the same high school?

It happened in 2006. Clayton Kershaw and Matthew Stafford were more than talented athletes. They were good friends. sent a reporter to Texas to dig deeper. Worth a read if you have 15 minutes.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.