Matt Suhey

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Matt Suhey
No. 26
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1958-07-07) July 7, 1958 (age 60)
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: State College Area
(State College, Pennsylvania)
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 148
Games Started: 100
Rushing Yards: 2,946
Average: 3.6
Touchdowns: 20
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Matthew Jerome Suhey (born July 7, 1958 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player, playing fullback for ten seasons in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. He won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears while scoring a touchdown in the game and was named to the Pennsylvania Football All-Century Team.[1]

Suhey was lead blocker and friend of Walter Payton. He is also a close friend of the Payton family, and the executor of the Payton estate since the death of Walter. Although Suhey was never a leader in any statistical category, he was a fan favorite for his personality and blocking ability.

Matt Suhey is one of three sons of College Football Hall of Fame guard Steve Suhey to letter at Penn State University and a grandson of Hall of Fame Penn State player and coach Bob Higgins. His son, Joe Suhey, was a fullback at Penn State from 2007–2011. The Higgins–Suhey family is often referred to as the "first family of Penn State football" due to their affiliation with the program spanning four generations.[2]


  1. ^ [1] Archived February 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Ginger Suhey, Matriarch of Penn State First Family of Football, Dies". 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2014-06-01.