Clay Matthews Sr.

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Clay Matthews Sr.
No. 83
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1928-08-01)August 1, 1928
Place of birth: Charleston, South Carolina
Date of death: March 23, 2017(2017-03-23) (aged 88)
Place of death: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Charleston (SC)
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 1949 / Round: 25 / Pick: 247
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

William Clay Matthews Sr. (August 1, 1928 – March 23, 2017) was an American football offensive tackle and patriarch of a family of professional players. Matthews played for four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL, the first in 1950. His career was interrupted by the Korean War, and Matthews became a paratrooper for the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. In 1953, he returned to the 49ers for three more seasons. He played college football at Georgia Tech and was selected in the 25th round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but never played for them.

His father, Matty Matthews, coached boxing, baseball, and track at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.[1]

He is the father of Pro Bowler Clay Matthews Jr. and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, as well as the grandfather of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III, Kevin Matthews (played center with the Carolina Panthers), Jake Matthews (currently plays tackle on the Atlanta Falcons) and linebacker Casey Matthews of the Minnesota Vikings.[1]

On March 23, 2017, Matthews died at age 88 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.[2]

The Matthews football dynasty family tree:


  1. ^ a b Gene Sapakoff (February 21, 2011). "Charleston's first family of football". Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ McClain, John (March 24, 2017). "Clay Matthews Sr., football family patriarch, dies at 88". 

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