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  • Fri., Aug. 07, 2015 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM CDT Head Coach Mike McCarthy press conference

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Clay Matthews
LB #52
Height:
6-3
Weight:
255
Age:
29
College:
Southern California
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
61
SCK
11.0
FF
2
INT
1

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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 306 231 75 61.0 0 32 5 149 -- 62 2 12 3
2014 GB 16 16 61 45 16 11.0 -- 9 1 40 40 40 0 2 --
2013 GB 11 11 41 26 15 7.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 3 --
2012 GB 12 12 43 32 11 13.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2011 GB 15 15 50 37 13 6.0 0 9 3 47 15.7 38 1 3 --
2010 GB 15 15 60 54 6 13.5 0 4 1 62 62 62 1 2 --
2009 GB 16 13 51 37 14 10.0 0 7 -- -- -- -- -- 1 3
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SEA L 16-36 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2 NYJ W 31-24 5 4 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @DET L 7-19 3 3 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @CHI W 38-17 1 0 1 -- -- 1 1 40 40 40 0 0 --
5 MIN W 42-10 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @MIA W 27-24 1 1 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
7 CAR W 38-17 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @NO L 23-44 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 CHI W 55-14 11 9 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 PHI W 53-20 5 4 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @MIN W 24-21 2 1 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 NE W 26-21 6 4 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 ATL W 43-37 5 1 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @BUF L 13-21 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @TB W 20-3 6 4 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 DET W 30-20 3 3 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

Pro Highlights

  • Started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2014, opening four at LOLB, six at ROLB and six at MLB. Played on the inside for the first time in his career beginning in Week 10.
  • Named to his fifth career Pro Bowl in 2014 (the most by a Green Bay LB) after recording 69 tackles, a team-best 11.0 sacks (No. 12 in the NFL), an interception, two forced fumbles, six passes defensed, 17 QB hits (tied for No. 2 on the team) and 21 pressures (No. 2 on the team).
  • Joined Houston DE J.J. Watt and Denver OLB DeMarcus Ware as the only players in the league with at least one interception, one forced fumble and 10 sacks in 2014.
  • Recorded one sack during the 2014 postseason, upping his total to 8½ in 10 career playoff games and surpassing DE Reggie White (eight) for the most in franchise postseason history (since 1982). 
  • Appeared in 11 games in 2013, missing five contests due to a broken thumb. The injury sidelined him for four games between Weeks 6-9 and was re-aggravated in Week 16, ultimately ending his season.
  • Returned to the ROLB position for the 2012 campaign and was en route to what would have been his finest statistical season when a hamstring injury suffered in Week 10 sidelined him for four games (Weeks 11-14).
  • Finished the 2012 season having started all 12 games in which he appeared, registering 60 tackles (45 solo), 13 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble, earning his fourth consecutive bid to the Pro Bowl.
  • Became the first player in franchise history to earn Pro Bowl recognition in each of his first four seasons in the league (2009-12).
  • Started all 15 games in which he played for the second consecutive season in 2011, finishing with 69 tackles (49 solo), six sacks and three forced fumbles.
  • Set new career highs with three interceptions and nine passes defensed in 2011. The INT total was tied for the most by a Green Bay LB since 1984.
  • Scored a touchdown on a fumble return in 2009 and returned interceptions for TDs in both 2010 and 2011, becoming the first player in franchise history to score a defensive TD in each of his first three seasons in the league.
  • For his career, has played in 69 games with 66 starts in five seasons, registering 320 tackles (221 solo), 50 sacks, four interceptions, 26 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
  • At the conclusion of 2011, his 29½ career sacks tied LB Tony Bennett’s franchise record for the most sacks by a Packer in his first three seasons in the NFL.
  • Named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2010, the first Green Bay LB to earn that honor since Tim Harris in 1989. Finished second to Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu in the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year voting in ’10.
  • Was voted the 2010 NFL Defensive MVP by Pro Football Weekly and Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News, while also earning NFC Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Committee of 101.
  • Finished fourth in the NFL with 13½ sacks in 2010, adding a career-high 83 tackles (55 solo), and helped the Packers rank tied for No. 2 in the NFL with 47 sacks as a team, Green Bay’s highest finish in the category since sacks began to be recorded as a team stat in 1963.
  • Added a franchise single-postseason record 3½ sacks in the 2010 playoffs. Also became the first Packer to record a sack in each of his first three playoff contests.
  • Became the only Packer (since 1982) to record a double-digit sack total in each of his first two seasons in the league.
  • Only NFL player to post 10-plus sacks and a defensive TD in each of his first two seasons in the league.
  • Burst onto the scene in 2009 with a franchise rookie-record 10 sacks, becoming the first Packers rookie since WR James Lofton in 1978 to be selected to the Pro Bowl.
  • Was selected to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team, earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors twice (Weeks 6 and 10), and finished third in the AP’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.
  • His 17 sacks in his first 20 games were the most by an NFL player to start a career at that time, topping the previous mark of 16½ set by San Diego’s Leslie O’Neal (1986, 1988) and the N.Y. Jets’ John Abraham (2000-01).
  • His rookie campaign got off to a slow start when a hamstring injury sidelined him for the first three preseason games, but went on to play in all 16 regular-season games and the team’s playoff contest in 2009.
  • Has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week four times in his career (Week 13 of 2009; Weeks 2 and 9 in 2010; Week 16 of 2014). Tied with Charles Woodson for the most POW awards by a defensive player in franchise history.
  • Became the first player GM Ted Thompson moved up into the first round to select in the 10 drafts he had run to that point (five each with Seattle and Green Bay). The Packers acquired the pick from the Patriots, along with a fifth-round pick (No. 162 overall), in exchange for Green Bay’s second-round choice (No. 41 overall) and two third-round selections (Nos. 73 and 83).

COLLEGE

Former walk-on went on to play in four straight Rose Bowls and the 2009 Senior Bowl…Finished his career with 96 tackles, including 5½ sacks and 13½ tackles for a loss, in 50 games played with 10 starts…Graduated with a degree in international relations…Senior season (2008): Earned second-team All-Pacific-10 honors and honorable mention All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly in his only season as a starter…Was also a first-team Academic All-Pac-10 choice...Opened the final 10 games of the season as a stand-up RDE, and was available to play any of the LB positions…Played in all 13 games and registered 56 tackles, including nine for a loss, with 4½ sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed and a blocked FG…Even with his increased role on defense, continued to be a valuable contributor on special teams, winning USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award for the third straight season…Won the Trojans’ Co-Lifter of the Year Award…Played in the Senior Bowl for the South squad…Had two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble to go along with his game-best six tackles, including a sack, at Virginia (Aug. 30)…Posted six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed vs. Ohio State (Sept. 13)…Recorded five tackles and a collegiate career-high 1½ sacks at Arizona (Oct. 25)…Junior season (2007): Played in all 13 games with two starts, serving as a key backup and special teams contributor…Won USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season…Posted 17 tackles, three for a loss, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed and two blocked FGs…Registered three tackles, including one for a loss, and forced two fumbles in Rose Bowl victory vs. Illinois (Jan. 1)…Sophomore season (2006): Earned a scholarship in the fall and served as a key contributor on special teams, winning USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award…Was also a second-team Academic All-Pac-10 selection…Played in all 13 games and registered 15 tackles and a sack…Posted season-high four tackles and the first sack of his career at Stanford (Nov. 4)…Redshirt freshman season (2005): Played in 12 of 13 games, missing the season opener at Hawaii (Sept. 3) due to an injury…Posted 12 tackles on defense and also saw time on special teams.

PERSONAL

Given name William Clay Matthews III…Born in Northridge, Calif. …Married, wife’s name is Casey…The couple has a son, Clay IV…Father, Clay Jr., played LB in the NFL for 19 seasons with the Cleveland Browns (1978-93) and the Atlanta Falcons (1994-96), and was a four-year letterman (1974-77) at Southern California…Grandfather, Clay Sr., played DE for four seasons (1950, 53-55) with the San Francisco 49ers…His older brother, Kyle, lettered on USC’s 2003 national championship team, and younger brother, Casey, was a fourth-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and is entering his fourth season with the team…Uncle, Bruce, played OL for 19 seasons (1983-2001) with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007...Cousin, Kevin, played C at Texas A&M and spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins between 2010-13…Younger cousin, Jake, also started all four years at A&M and was chosen with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons…Jake’s younger brother, Mike, is currently the starting center at A&M…High school: Four-year letterman at Agoura High in Agoura Hills, Calif. …Earned All-CIF first-team honors at LB as a senior in 2003…Played for father in high school as Clay Jr. was team’s defensive coordinator, but did not start until his senior year…Also played TE…Lettered two years in basketball…Community involvement: Visited with students at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Green Bay as a reward for being one of the top donors in the in-school food drive...Also hosted a youth skills football camp in Green Bay during the summer of 2012…Residence: Calabasas, Calif.

Pro Highlights

  • Started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2014, opening four at LOLB, six at ROLB and six at MLB. Played on the inside for the first time in his career beginning in Week 10.
  • Named to his fifth career Pro Bowl in 2014 (the most by a Green Bay LB) after recording 69 tackles, a team-best 11.0 sacks (No. 12 in the NFL), an interception, two forced fumbles, six passes defensed, 17 QB hits (tied for No. 2 on the team) and 21 pressures (No. 2 on the team).
  • Joined Houston DE J.J. Watt and Denver OLB DeMarcus Ware as the only players in the league with at least one interception, one forced fumble and 10 sacks in 2014.
  • Recorded one sack during the 2014 postseason, upping his total to 8½ in 10 career playoff games and surpassing DE Reggie White (eight) for the most in franchise postseason history (since 1982). 
  • Appeared in 11 games in 2013, missing five contests due to a broken thumb. The injury sidelined him for four games between Weeks 6-9 and was re-aggravated in Week 16, ultimately ending his season.
  • Returned to the ROLB position for the 2012 campaign and was en route to what would have been his finest statistical season when a hamstring injury suffered in Week 10 sidelined him for four games (Weeks 11-14).
  • Finished the 2012 season having started all 12 games in which he appeared, registering 60 tackles (45 solo), 13 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble, earning his fourth consecutive bid to the Pro Bowl.
  • Became the first player in franchise history to earn Pro Bowl recognition in each of his first four seasons in the league (2009-12).
  • Started all 15 games in which he played for the second consecutive season in 2011, finishing with 69 tackles (49 solo), six sacks and three forced fumbles.
  • Set new career highs with three interceptions and nine passes defensed in 2011. The INT total was tied for the most by a Green Bay LB since 1984.
  • Scored a touchdown on a fumble return in 2009 and returned interceptions for TDs in both 2010 and 2011, becoming the first player in franchise history to score a defensive TD in each of his first three seasons in the league.
  • For his career, has played in 69 games with 66 starts in five seasons, registering 320 tackles (221 solo), 50 sacks, four interceptions, 26 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
  • At the conclusion of 2011, his 29½ career sacks tied LB Tony Bennett’s franchise record for the most sacks by a Packer in his first three seasons in the NFL.
  • Named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2010, the first Green Bay LB to earn that honor since Tim Harris in 1989. Finished second to Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu in the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year voting in ’10.
  • Was voted the 2010 NFL Defensive MVP by Pro Football Weekly and Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News, while also earning NFC Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Committee of 101.
  • Finished fourth in the NFL with 13½ sacks in 2010, adding a career-high 83 tackles (55 solo), and helped the Packers rank tied for No. 2 in the NFL with 47 sacks as a team, Green Bay’s highest finish in the category since sacks began to be recorded as a team stat in 1963.
  • Added a franchise single-postseason record 3½ sacks in the 2010 playoffs. Also became the first Packer to record a sack in each of his first three playoff contests.
  • Became the only Packer (since 1982) to record a double-digit sack total in each of his first two seasons in the league.
  • Only NFL player to post 10-plus sacks and a defensive TD in each of his first two seasons in the league.
  • Burst onto the scene in 2009 with a franchise rookie-record 10 sacks, becoming the first Packers rookie since WR James Lofton in 1978 to be selected to the Pro Bowl.
  • Was selected to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team, earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors twice (Weeks 6 and 10), and finished third in the AP’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.
  • His 17 sacks in his first 20 games were the most by an NFL player to start a career at that time, topping the previous mark of 16½ set by San Diego’s Leslie O’Neal (1986, 1988) and the N.Y. Jets’ John Abraham (2000-01).
  • His rookie campaign got off to a slow start when a hamstring injury sidelined him for the first three preseason games, but went on to play in all 16 regular-season games and the team’s playoff contest in 2009.
  • Has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week four times in his career (Week 13 of 2009; Weeks 2 and 9 in 2010; Week 16 of 2014). Tied with Charles Woodson for the most POW awards by a defensive player in franchise history.
  • Became the first player GM Ted Thompson moved up into the first round to select in the 10 drafts he had run to that point (five each with Seattle and Green Bay). The Packers acquired the pick from the Patriots, along with a fifth-round pick (No. 162 overall), in exchange for Green Bay’s second-round choice (No. 41 overall) and two third-round selections (Nos. 73 and 83).

COLLEGE

Former walk-on went on to play in four straight Rose Bowls and the 2009 Senior Bowl…Finished his career with 96 tackles, including 5½ sacks and 13½ tackles for a loss, in 50 games played with 10 starts…Graduated with a degree in international relations…Senior season (2008): Earned second-team All-Pacific-10 honors and honorable mention All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly in his only season as a starter…Was also a first-team Academic All-Pac-10 choice...Opened the final 10 games of the season as a stand-up RDE, and was available to play any of the LB positions…Played in all 13 games and registered 56 tackles, including nine for a loss, with 4½ sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed and a blocked FG…Even with his increased role on defense, continued to be a valuable contributor on special teams, winning USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award for the third straight season…Won the Trojans’ Co-Lifter of the Year Award…Played in the Senior Bowl for the South squad…Had two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble to go along with his game-best six tackles, including a sack, at Virginia (Aug. 30)…Posted six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed vs. Ohio State (Sept. 13)…Recorded five tackles and a collegiate career-high 1½ sacks at Arizona (Oct. 25)…Junior season (2007): Played in all 13 games with two starts, serving as a key backup and special teams contributor…Won USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season…Posted 17 tackles, three for a loss, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed and two blocked FGs…Registered three tackles, including one for a loss, and forced two fumbles in Rose Bowl victory vs. Illinois (Jan. 1)…Sophomore season (2006): Earned a scholarship in the fall and served as a key contributor on special teams, winning USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award…Was also a second-team Academic All-Pac-10 selection…Played in all 13 games and registered 15 tackles and a sack…Posted season-high four tackles and the first sack of his career at Stanford (Nov. 4)…Redshirt freshman season (2005): Played in 12 of 13 games, missing the season opener at Hawaii (Sept. 3) due to an injury…Posted 12 tackles on defense and also saw time on special teams.

PERSONAL

Given name William Clay Matthews III…Born in Northridge, Calif. …Married, wife’s name is Casey…The couple has a son, Clay IV…Father, Clay Jr., played LB in the NFL for 19 seasons with the Cleveland Browns (1978-93) and the Atlanta Falcons (1994-96), and was a four-year letterman (1974-77) at Southern California…Grandfather, Clay Sr., played DE for four seasons (1950, 53-55) with the San Francisco 49ers…His older brother, Kyle, lettered on USC’s 2003 national championship team, and younger brother, Casey, was a fourth-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and is entering his fourth season with the team…Uncle, Bruce, played OL for 19 seasons (1983-2001) with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007...Cousin, Kevin, played C at Texas A&M and spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins between 2010-13…Younger cousin, Jake, also started all four years at A&M and was chosen with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons…Jake’s younger brother, Mike, is currently the starting center at A&M…High school: Four-year letterman at Agoura High in Agoura Hills, Calif. …Earned All-CIF first-team honors at LB as a senior in 2003…Played for father in high school as Clay Jr. was team’s defensive coordinator, but did not start until his senior year…Also played TE…Lettered two years in basketball…Community involvement: Visited with students at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Green Bay as a reward for being one of the top donors in the in-school food drive...Also hosted a youth skills football camp in Green Bay during the summer of 2012…Residence: Calabasas, Calif.