Slauson during his tenure with the New York Jets
|No. 68 San Diego Chargers|
|Date of birth:||February 18, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Sweet Home, Oregon|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||320 lb (145 kg)|
|High school:||Sweet Home (OR)|
|NFL draft:||2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Matthew Benjamin Slauson (born February 18, 1986) is an American football center for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 in||313 lb||5.26 s||4.86 s||7.86 s||34 in||9 ft 2 in|
New York Jets
The New York Jets selected Slauson with their sixth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan previously coached Slauson at Nebraska who was considered versatile, athletic and durable. Slauson was signed to a four-year deal by the team in May. Slauson would appear in three regular season games in 2009 playing at the guard and center positions respectively.
Following the team's selection of Vladimir Ducasse in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Jets would release veteran guard Alan Faneca. During the team's training camp sessions, Slauson battled Ducasse to replace Faneca. On September 9, 2010, Slauson would be named the team's starting left guard.
Slauson became the subject of criticism after utilizing a cut block against Brian Cushing that resulted in Cushing tearing his ACL on October 8, 2012. The play was considered legal by USA Today as both were within three yards of the line of scrimmage where an offensive lineman is allowed to low block a defensive player; the Houston Chronicle contended that the block itself was legal but the location of the block was not. Cushing, when asked about the play, stated "It's football. It's part of the game...it happened to me, and I've been on the other side of that, so I know how it goes." Slauson was fined $10,000 by the league after they determined that he used an illegal peel-back block.
On March 29, 2013, Slauson signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. On January 2, 2014, Slauson was re-signed by the Bears to a four-year contract. On January 24, Slauson was named to the USA Today All-Joe Team.
In 2014, against the New England Patriots, Slauson tore his right pectoral muscle, and was ruled out for the rest of the season. On April 7, 2015, Slauson was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award.
On May 1, 2016, Slauson was released.
San Diego Chargers
Slauson was born in Sweet Home, Oregon to Nancy and Robert Slauson and attended and played football at Sweet Home High School before graduating from Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. From a young age, Slauson was diagnosed with stuttering, a speech disorder that occurs primarily when he is placed in unfamiliar situations. Slauson has two other brothers, Nick and Chris, as well as a sister, Alli.
Slauson's wife is named Cami; the two have a son, Montgomery James.
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