Matthew Stafford spent 12 years in Detroit. He made a lot of memories, even if he never won a playoff game there.

The quarterback, whom the Lions recently traded to the Rams, is leaving something permanent behind in Detroit.

Stafford and his wife, Kelly, announced Thursday they are pledging $1 million to help build a new education center with SAY Detroit. SAY Detroit is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students from low-income families overcome literacy inequalities and educational challenges.

“The Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center” will be built in Detroit’s Lipke Park on the grounds of SAY Detroit’s Play Center.