Clay Matthews III is one of the more popular young players in the National Football League. He plays for the Green Bay Packers and is one of the many key players that have been the reason for that team’s resurgence. He even played a big role in the Packers winning Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season.
He had an unheralded beginning dating back to his time as a high school football player who was not recruited by any big name colleges. He has earned the respect now of fans and his peers based on his hard work, charisma, and his performance on the field. He really is a fun player to watch too.
Here is a look at some interesting fun facts about Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III.
-Clay Matthews III was born in Northridge, California on May 14th, 1986.
-He played high school football at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California.
-He redshirted his first season at the University of Southern California and was not offered a scholarship either his first or second year in school.
-Matthews is the only player in USC history to win the Special Teams Play of the Year Award three years in a row (2006, 2007, and 2008).
-Famous people born on Clay Matthews III’s birthday (May 14th) include: professional poker player Johnny Moss (1907), American singer Bobby Darin (1936), baseball player Tony Perez, filmmaker George Lucas, musician David Byrne, professional wrestler Big Van Vader, actor Tim Roth, baseball player Pat Borders, sportscaster Suzy Kolber, football player Tony siragusa, actress Cate Blanchett, basketball player Voshon Lenard, baseball player Roy Halladay, football player Frank Gore, actress Amber Tamblyn, co-founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, and actress Miranda Cosgrove.
-The first touchdown that Clay Matthews III would score in the NFL came in his first ever Monday Night Football game. He stripped the ball from Vikings running back Adrian Peters and ran it in for the score.
-In week 13 of his rookie season, Matthews had six tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble against the Baltimore Ravens. This performance would earn him the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.
-His first NFL interception was caught on a deflected pass thrown by Jon Kitna of the Dallas Cowboys. He returned it 62 yards for a touchdown.
-Relatives of Clay Matthews III with ties to the NFL include his father Clay Matthews Jr, uncle Bruce Matthews, and grandfather Clay Matthews Sr. His younger brother Casey Matthews and cousin Kevin Matthews also have played in the National Football League. A third cousin, Jake, plays major college football at the moment.
-Clay is actually his middle name, like his father his real first name is William.
-The first NFL quarterback to be sacked by Clay Matthews III was Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals.
-Linebackers taken in the 2009 NFL Draft ahead of Clay Matthews III include Aaron Curry by the Seattle Seahawks, Brian Orakpo by the Washington Redskins, Brian Cushing by the Houston Texans, and Larry English by the San Diego Chargers.