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|Date of birth||August 2, 1933|
|Place of birth||Ross, California|
|Date of death||January 13, 1987(aged 53)|
|Place of death||amyotrophic lateral sclerosis|
|NFL draft||1955 / Round: 4 / Pick: 45|
|1955–1968||San Francisco 49ers|
|1970||New York Giants|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Pro Bowls||2 (1962, 1964)|
Matthew Emory Hazeltine, Jr. (August 2, 1933 – January 13, 1987) was a professional American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.
Hazeltine was a 1951 graduate of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, and was a star player there and at the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Hazeltine missed the 1969 season with injuries, but returned in 1970 for one season with the New York Giants. Following his retirement from the gridiron, Hazeltine operated a successful insurance agency in San Francisco.
He died in San Francisco on January 13, 1987. He was one of three 1964 San Francisco 49ers teammates who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The other two were Bob Waters and Gary Lewis.
- College Football Hall of Fame, accessed March 28, 2007
- AP story, New York Times, January 17, 1987, "Matt Hazeltine, 53, Is Dead; Former Linebacker for 49ers", accessed July 12, 2007
- "THE BATTLE OF HIS LIFE: BOB WATERS IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO A DEADLY ILLNESS AFFLICTING FORMER 49ERS Sports Illustrated, August 24, 1987, accessed August 25, 2016
- Cladia Wallis, Time Magazine, "Probing A Mysterious 'Cluster,'" Monday, February 23, 1987, accessed March 28, 2007
- Catamount Athletics, "Tribute to a Champion - the Bob Waters' Legacy", accessed July 12, 2007
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