Clay Matthews Sr.

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Clay Matthews Sr.
No. 83
Personal information
Born:(1928-08-01)August 1, 1928
Charleston, South Carolina
Died:March 23, 2017(2017-03-23) (aged 88)
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 tackle and patriarch of the Matthews family of football 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.[1] 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.

After completing his NFL career, he began working in the business world, eventually becoming the president of Bell & Howell.[2]

His father, Matty Matthews, coached boxing, baseball, and track at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.[3]

He is the father of Pro Bowler Clay Matthews Jr. and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, as well as the grandfather of Super Bowl Champion and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III, Kevin Matthews (played center with the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans), Jake Matthews (plays tackle on the Atlanta Falcons as of 2018) and Casey Matthews (played linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles).[3]

On March 23, 2017, Matthews died at age 88 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.[4]


  1. ^ Branch, John (2011). "For Matthews Clan, N.F.L. Is All in the Family". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  2. ^ Wood, Ryan (December 6, 2014). "Toughness spans Matthews family's NFL legacy". Packers News. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  3. ^ a b Gene Sapakoff (February 21, 2011). "Charleston's first family of football". Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  4. ^ McClain, John (March 24, 2017). "Clay Matthews Sr., football family patriarch, dies at 88".

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