|No. 64, 61, 46|
October 9, 1961|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||287 lb (130 kg)|
|High school:||Sacramento (CA) Rio Americano|
|NFL Draft:||1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28|
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Matich participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and would volunteer at the Pacific Science Center on weekends, as a "Science Explainer". He did not become starter on his high school football team until he was a senior.
Matich also played college football at Brigham Young University where he was a two-time all-conference offensive lineman in the Western Athletic Conference. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he went on a mission to Torreón in Mexico after his second season at BYU. After returning, he helped the team win the 1984 NCAA football championship as their starting center.
He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He injured his ankle in his first game as a rookie and missed the rest of the season. After four seasons with the Patriots, he went on to play for the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins. In all, he played in the NFL for 12 seasons, mainly as a long snapper. While playing for the Indianapolis Colts (1992–1993), he was nicknamed the "Hardest Working Man in Pro Football" due to his constant practicing and warming up on the sidelines.
After his playing career was over, Matich briefly served as a color analyst for Fox Sports' NFL coverage and then at CBS for a year. He has appeared as a Washington Redskins studio analyst for their pregame and postgame shows and has won eight Emmys for his work. He currently is employed by ESPN, primarily working on ESPN's College Football coverage along with appearances on SportsCenter.
- "His name is linked with 49ers' deal for Rice", Sacramento Bee, December 12, 2004. Accessed November 1, 2007.