Jarrett Stidham is in his second season with the Patriots, but he didn’t get much attention as Tom Brady’s backup. When Brady left for Tampa Bay in the offseason, people learned more about Stidham because he was expected to compete with Brian Hoyer for starting quarterback. (Then Cam Newton signed with the team.) Stidham isn’t the only family member involved in pro sports. His father-in-law is a high-ranking executive with an NBA team.
Who is Jarrett Stidham?
Stidham was a four-star football recruit as he played for his high school team in Texas. After committing to Texas Tech, he ended up choosing Baylor. But he played just one season before transferring to Auburn. Stidham skipped his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL draft. And the Patriots took him in the fourth round (No. 133 overall).
When he attended Baylor in 2016, he met Kennedy Brown, who played for the school’s women’s soccer team, and the two became a couple. They stayed together after Stidham transferred out of Baylor.
Rockets CEO Tad Brown
Kennedy is the daughter of Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown, who began his Rockets career as the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Broadcasting before rising to become the team’s CEO in 2006. In the pivotal role, he works with the ownership team to set strategic goals for the Rockets.
As CEO, Tad has been responsible for bringing in James Harden as a free agent in 2012 and re-signing him in 2017. Tad also traded for Chris Paul in 2017 before flipping him and some first-round draft picks for Russell Westbrook in 2019. Those moves were popular with fans because they improved the team’s on-court performance.
A move that wasn’t as popular with Rockets faithful was hiring Mike D’Antoni as head coach before the 2016-17 season; Tad stepped down as coach when the team exited the NBA bubble following its playoff loss to the Lakers, details CBS Sports.
Stidham marries into the Brown family
After Stidham and Kennedy dated for a couple of years, he proposed to her in the summer of 2018. The couple got married the next July. Prior to their wedding, she had her bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas right after graduating from Baylor, reports Heavy.
Trips to the beach and spin classes highlighted the trip for Kennedy, her bridesmaids, sisters, and college teammates. According to Modern Luxury, the bride called the wedding’s vibe “modernized Hollywood glam.” Her favorite part of the ceremony was a flower wall measuring 10 feet tall and 10 feet long.
As you would expect given they’re both parts of the sports world, Stidham’s father-in-law has discussed the quarterback during the courtship and eventual marriage. When Stidham was Auburn’s quarterback and the Rockets were in Birmingham, Ala., for a preseason game, Tad said he was getting asked about Stidham more than he was his own team while in Alabama.
He called his then-future son-in-law’s prospects in the NFL draft “exciting.” Tad said the family was happy to see how much Stidham loved playing for the Tigers at the time. Tad is supportive of Stidham’s career. There doesn’t seem to be much of a rivalry for the men despite being involved in the different leagues. There is peace in the family, even with Tad with the Rockets and Stidham with the NFL.