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Clay Matthews III
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No. 52     Green Bay Packers
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-14) May 14, 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth: Northridge, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: University of Southern California
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Debuted in 2008 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 Pro Football Weekly All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2008 All-Pac-10 Second-Team
  • 2008 Rivals.com Second-Team All-American
  • 2009 NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 13)
  • 2010 NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Weeks 2&9)
  • 2010 NFC Defensive Player of the Month (September)
  • 2× 2009 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Weeks 6 & 10)
  • 2× Pro Bowl selection (2009, 2010)
  • 1× First Team All-Pro selection (2010)
  • Super Bowl Champion (XLV)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Tackles 111
Sacks 23.5
INTs 1
Forced Fumbles 3
Defensive touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com

William Clay Matthews III (born May 14, 1986 in Northridge, California) is an American football outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Matthews was drafted out of the University of Southern California by the Green Bay Packers with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Matthews is the son of former NFL player Clay Matthews, Jr. and his uncle is Bruce Matthews who also played in the NFL.

Early life

Matthews was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Leslie and Clay Matthews Jr., a professional football player. The family has a history of professional football players. Matthews's grandfather was Clay Matthews Sr. His brother is linebacker Casey Matthews, and his uncle is Bruce Matthews. Both brothers were All-Americans in their time in college. He also has cousins involved in football: Kevin Matthews, Jake Matthews, and Mike Matthews.

2016 season

In the 2016 season, Matthews appeared in 12 games and started nine. He recorded 24 tackles, of which 20 were solo, five sacks, and one forced fumble. Despite posting a career-low in tackles and sacks, Matthews was ranked 82nd by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2009 Green Bay Packers 16 13 51 37 14 10.0 0
2010 Green Bay Packers 15 15 60 54 6 13.5 1
2011 Green Bay Packers 15 15 50 37 13 6.0 3
2012 Green Bay Packers 12 12 43 32 11 13.0 0
2013 Green Bay Packers 11 11 41 26 15 7.5 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 16 16 61 54 16 11.0 1
2015 Green Bay Packers 16 16 66 49 17 6.5 1
2016 Green Bay Packers 12 9 24 20 4 5.0 0
Total 113 107 396 300 96 72.5 6
Source: NFL.com

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