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August 6, 1987|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
Matthew Mayberry (born August 6, 1987) is a former American football linebacker for the Indiana Hoosiers of the NCAA and Chicago Bears of the NFL. He is now a motivational speaker and author on the topics of leadership, peak performance, sales, and teamwork.
Matt Mayberry was born in Darien, Illinois, in 1987. He attended Hinsdale South High School, where he played fullback, middle linebacker and safety. He rushed for 2,242 yards and 36 touchdowns while guiding his team to a 10-2 finish as a senior. He garnered all-state honors as well as the Reporter-Progress/Suburban Life Player of the Year Award. He graduated with the school's career records for rushing yards (2,827) and touchdowns (39) and set single-season records for rushing yards (2,242) and touchdowns (5).
Mayberry was widely recruited before the start of his senior season at Hinsdale South High School, ending up with 19 scholarships offers. He chose Indiana University to play for Terry Hoeppner.
Mayberry received the 2009 Howard Brown Award, given to the player who exemplifies leadership, courage, and work ethic. He started the final 24 games of his career at middle linebacker and closed out his time in Bloomington with nine double-digit tackle games and at least 10 stops in eight of his final 11 conference contests. Mayberry ended his career with 251 tackles, 139 solo, 10.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
After running a 4.45 forty-yard dash at pro day at Indiana University , Mayberry was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2010. Mayberry played the final three quarters in the 2010 preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers. He finished third on the Bears with five tackles, including one for a three-yard loss. He broke up one pass. During the game, Mayberry suffered an ankle injury. After the game, MRIs determined that it was a fracture in the bone that would sideline him for six months, bringing about the end of his playing career.