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Clay Matthews

William Clay Matthews Jr.

Position: LB
Height: 6-2    Weight: 245 lbs.

Born: March 15, 1956 in Palo Alto, CA
High School: Arcadia, New Tier East
College: USC   (school history)    (Matthews college stats)
Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft.

Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 94 (171st overall since 1950)

Relatives: Son of Clay Matthews, Father of Casey Matthews and Clay Matthews, Brother of Bruce Matthews and Uncle of Jake Matthews and Kevin Matthews
4-time Pro Bowler (fine print)

Hall of Fame semi-finalist in 2012

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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 13, 2014 6:25PM
All-Time Rank: #175. Charles Haley… #176. Jake Scott… #177. Gene Hickerson… #178. CLAY MATTHEWS… #179. Brian Urlacher… #180. Roger Craig… #181. Bob Griese… 

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
1978 22 CLE lb 57 15 2 1 5 0 5 0 34 0 1
1979 23 CLE RLB/rolb 57 16 16 1 30 0 30 0 0 0 2 0 0 103 0 6
1980 24 CLE ROLB 57 14 13 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 83 0 6
1981 25 CLE ROLB 57 16 16 2 14 0 8 0 0 0 2 16 0 128 0 8
1982 26 CLE lb 57 2 1 11 0 1
1983 27 CLE ROLB 57 16 16 6.0 4 0 0 0 0 106 0 7
1984 28 CLE ROLB 57 16 16 12.0 3 0 1 0 0 126 0 13
1985* 29 CLE ROLB 57 14 14 6.0 1 0 1 15 0 88 0 10
1986 30 CLE ROLB 57 16 16 1.0 2 12 0 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 89 0 7
1987* 31 CLE ROLB 57 12 12 2.5 3 62 1 36 0 0 0 2 0 0 72 0 13
1988* 32 CLE ROLB 57 16 16 6.0 0 0 2 0 0 101 0 11
1989* 33 CLE LLB 57 16 16 4.0 1 25 0 25 0 3 1 2 -2 1 113 0 13
1990 34 CLE LLB 57 16 16 3.5 3 0 0 0 0 102 0 5
1991 35 CLE RLB 57 15 15 6.5 1 35 0 35 0 3 0 0 0 0 80 0 7
1992 36 CLE RLB 57 16 16 9.0 1 6 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 111 0 8
1993 37 CLE RLB 57 16 15 5.5 1 10 0 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 83 0 8
1994 38 ATL LLB 57 15 15 1.0 71 19 5
1995 39 ATL LLB 57 16 16 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 49 14 7
1996 40 ATL lb 57 15 1 6.5 3 0 0 0 0 11 1 1
Career 278 248 69.5 16 206 1 36 0 27 1 14 29 1 1561 34 137
16 yrs CLE 232 216 62.0 14 205 1 36 0 24 1 13 29 1 1430 0 124
3 yrs ATL 46 32 7.5 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 131 34 13

Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1987* 31 CLE ROLB 57 12 12 1 1 6
1989* 33 CLE LLB 57 16 16 1 1 6
Career 278 248 1 1 2 12
16 yrs CLE 232 216 1 1 2 12
3 yrs ATL 46 32 0
NumYrs Players whose career was of similar quality and shape
3 Dave Wilcox*, Harland Svare, Don Shinnick, Bill Roehnelt, Frank Manumaleuga, Lee Roy Jordan, Stan Blinka, Ted Bates, Jimmy Williams, Olen Underwood
4 Ted Washington, Harland Svare, Olen Underwood, Jim Houston, Jackie Burkett, Keena Turner, Ron Porter, Ernie Clark, Jack Rudolph, Roman Phifer
5 Jimmy Williams, Ted Washington, Greg Biekert, Allen Aldridge, Dixon Edwards, Brandon Short, Bill Koman, Reggie Wilkes, Jack Rudolph, Chris Kelsay
6 Steve Kiner, Dixon Edwards, Brandon Short, Dave Washington, Bill Koman, Rod Breedlove, Barron Wortham, Stan Blinka, Bob Harrison, Cato June
7 Dave Washington, Lance Mehl, Vincent Brown, Shelton Quarles, Dwayne Rudd, Michael Brooks, Marcus Washington, Willie McGinest, Skip Vanderbundt, Derrick Johnson
8 Stan West, Lamar Lathon, Dave Washington, Vincent Brown, Frank LeMaster, Lance Mehl, Carl Banks, Skip Vanderbundt, Michael Brooks, Simon Fletcher
9 Shelton Quarles, Jim Lynch, Skip Vanderbundt, E.J. Holub, Roy Winston, Otis Wilson, Darryl Talley, Michael Brooks, Chris Slade, Carl Banks
10 Bryce Paup, Trent Cole, Keith Bulluck, Lee Roy Caffey, Chuck Drazenovich, Donnie Edwards, Tom Jackson, Takeo Spikes, Mike Merriweather, Greg Brezina
11 Bill Bergey, Chuck Drazenovich, Jeff Siemon, Fred Carr, Dan Conners, Roy Winston, Jim Lynch, Mike Stratton, Mike Merriweather, Maxie Baughan
12 Walt Michaels, Bill Bergey, Maxie Baughan, Roy Winston, Jeff Siemon, Mike Stratton, John Reger, Wally Hilgenberg, Cornelius Bennett, Ken Norton
13 Bill Bergey, Walt Michaels, Roy Winston, John Reger, Mike Stratton, Seth Joyner, Andy Russell, Ken Norton, Sam Huff*, Joey Porter
14 Roy Winston, Sam Huff*, Bill Bergey, Seth Joyner, Larry Grantham, Ken Norton, Leslie O'Neal, Andy Russell, Tom Jackson, Walt Michaels
15 Roy Winston, Larry Grantham, Jack Pardee, Sam Huff*, Cornelius Bennett, Ken Norton, Willie McGinest, Hardy Nickerson, Bill Bergey, Leslie O'Neal
16 Larry Grantham, Roy Winston, Hardy Nickerson, Sam Huff*, Willie McGinest, Cornelius Bennett, Jack Pardee, Bill Bergey, Donnie Edwards, Leslie O'Neal
17 Larry Grantham, Roy Winston, Willie McGinest, Hardy Nickerson, Cornelius Bennett, Sam Huff*, Lee Roy Jordan, Jack Pardee, Bill Bergey, Leslie O'Neal
18 Larry Grantham, Roy Winston, Hardy Nickerson, Willie McGinest, Cornelius Bennett, Sam Huff*, Lee Roy Jordan, Jack Pardee, Bill Bergey, Leslie O'Neal
19 Larry Grantham, Roy Winston, Hardy Nickerson, Willie McGinest, Cornelius Bennett, Sam Huff*, Lee Roy Jordan, Jack Pardee, Bill Bergey, Leslie O'Neal
Career Larry Grantham, Roy Winston, Jack Pardee, Cornelius Bennett, Tom Jackson, Wayne Walker, Willie McGinest, Lee Roy Jordan, Bill Romanowski, Hardy Nickerson

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

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All-Pro Teams