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They call him "Clay" Matthews but his body is rock hard.  This 6'3" (1.91m) and 250 lb. (115kg) linebacker plays for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.  He played college football for the University of Southern California. He was drafted by the Packers 26th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. At the end of the 2010-11 season, ESPN ranked him as one of the best linebackers in the NFL.

Matthews was born in the Northridge district of Los Angeles to parents Clay and Leslie Matthews. He attended Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California. Physically, Matthews was a late bloomer. His father was the team's defensive coordinator, but declined to start his son because he was physically undersized. Matthews began developing physically in his senior season, but only garnered interest from Division I FCS schools and local community colleges. He has described his own recruiting status out of high school as "not applicable." Like his father and uncle, Matthews opted to attend the University of Southern California with hopes of becoming a walk-on for the Trojans football team.

Matthews played for the USC Trojans football team (2005-2008 seasons; 2004 redshirt) under head coach Pete Carroll and Linebacker Coach Ken Norton, Jr. Matthews entered USC as an unheralded, walk-on student athlete. During his first season, USC's 2004 National Championship season, he played only on the scout team and turned down several playing opportunities during garbage time during the fourth quarters of games in order to preserve his redshirt status and remaining seasons of NCAA eligibility. He remained a non-athletic scholarship (a "walk on"), reserve linebacker during the 2005 season, and played mainly on special teams. He was granted full athletic scholarship status at the beginning of the 2006 season. Matthews continued to play reserve linebacker in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and made two starts in 2007 in place of injured teammate Brian Cushing. He was awarded USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and blocked two field goals in the latter season.

green bay packers logo nflMatthews was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, with the 26th overall pick (Acquired from a trade with the New England Patriots), by the Green Bay Packers. Kevin Greene was hired by Dom Capers in 2009 to coach the outside linebackers. He saw a lot of himself in Clay Matthews but was afraid the Packers would not be able to draft him. Analysts were shocked that the Packers traded their 2nd and two 3rd round draft picks to the New England Patriots in order to secure Matthews as well as a 5th round selection. He scored his first career touchdown during a Monday Night Football game on October 5, 2009 against the Minnesota Vikings; Matthews stripped the ball from running back Adrian Peterson and ran the ball back for a score.

Clay Matthews III is a 3rd generation football player. Matthews' father, Clay Jr., played 19 seasons and 278 games as a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons while earning 4 Pro Bowl selections. Matthews' uncle, Bruce Matthews, also played 19 seasons in the NFL, playing 296 games an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise after being drafted out of USC in 1983, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history, playing in an NFL-record 14 consecutive Pro Bowls. Both brothers were All-Americans. His grandfather, Clay Sr., played 4 seasons in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s. Of the four sons of Clay Matthews, Jr., he is the second to play for USC. His younger brother Casey Matthews plays linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, following a prosperous collegiate run with the University of Oregon Ducks. He also has cousins involved in football: Kevin Matthews is a center for the Tennessee Titans, Jake Matthews is an offensive tackle for Texas A&M, and Mike Matthews is an offensive lineman committed to play football for Texas A&M for the class of 2016. Every Friday during the football season Clay talks football on Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

The Kimberly-Clark corporation paid pro footballer Clay Matthews, Wes Welker and emarcus Ware to run around wearing diapers for grownups. Apparently many football players were taking too long in the restroom during practice. Now, thanks to "Depends Real Fit" super-absorbent undergarments, they can just pee their pants whenever they want to.

You might think these guys will do anything to be in a highly paid commercial (I sure thought so!).  But Clay did the ad to donate his pay to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. Isn't that nice!


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