Matthews band: Clay Sr. started it al...

Matthews band: Clay Sr. started it all in the 1950s, and to date, five family members spanning th...

There are 6 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 21, 2011, titled Matthews band: Clay Sr. started it all in the 1950s, and to date, five family members spanning th.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Brodie Matthews may or may not become part of an unprecedented fourth generation of NFL players from his family.

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Stuck in the Stone Age

Phenix City, AL

#1 Jan 21, 2011
Sorry, but I wonder about Clay Matthews III like I do Brian Cushing.

Toledo, OH

#2 Jan 21, 2011
Stuck in the Stone Age wrote:
Sorry, but I wonder about Clay Matthews III like I do Brian Cushing.
I'd wonder about him too if not for the obvious bloodline. This is a family of genetic freaks. Clay Jr. once said that he didn't have much of an explanation for why he and his brother played so well for so long, but thought that they just had a unique ability to take abuse.

Clay Jr. and Bruce never showed those tell-tale signs of steroid use. They didn't break down or miss games with strange injuries. They were just tough guys. Clay used to hit the weights before games. During a pregame lifting session when he was finishing his career with ATL, he nearly ripped his pinky off when racking the weight. Several players watched in horror as he tried to tuck the exposed bone back into the joint before taping up the hand and going out to play. Freaks.

They were all late bloomers as well, getting big late in the their college careers rather than entering college as NFL-ready studs. Clay III was a legacy walk-on at USC and his brother Kyle got a scholarship to Oregon largely because he was a Matthews boy and Clay III proved that the gene pool had not been diluted.

It's possible that Clay III is hitting some HGH, but he doesn't look as hooked on it as AJ Hawk. The Matthews family seems like one of those "my body is a temple" clans. I wouldn't be surprised if he's the only "clean" guy in the NFL.

Not enough attention is paid to Great Grand dad who was apparently quite the hoss himself. He gets noted as a boxing instructor but he was also a boxer and if not for the fact that football wasn't exactly the enterprise it is today, might have been a world class baller as well. I'd like to trace that family tree back about 100 years and see where these guys were engineered.
Gordon Shumway

United States

#3 Jan 21, 2011
One thing I remember about Clay, Jr. when he played for the Cleveland Browns. He was DEDICATED to the Browns organization and he was MORE interested in SAVING for his future than many of his counterparts.

The one story I read was: he was driving around in an old beat up Mercury Capri while they were driving new Mercedes, etc. I wonder if you look at those players today, who seems to be more financially secure in life. It just showed where his priorities were in life.

It is said that many of these players end up bankrupt between 2 to 5 years after their career is over. Then you have someone like Clay, Jr. who KNEW what it meant to save a dollar.

Anyhow, his son Casey is doing a GREAT job here at Oregon. Amazing, tireless player. Just like his Dad was.
From Bexley

Dublin, OH

#4 Jan 21, 2011
Wish we could get some of these Matthews' boys at Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns!
Ron Hatch

Mooresville, NC

#5 Jan 21, 2011
Clay Jr. was my favorite player of all time and played linebacker for the Browns when the Browns was a contender and competitive. I still have his Browns #57 jersey tucked a way in a safe place. I hoped the Browns would draft Clay III, but it didn't happen and you wonder if Clay Jr would have wanted it to happen. All the more reason I will be pulling for The Packers to win it all. Something his dad never did.. .
Terri a Nesser neice

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 23, 2011
Hi John,
I enjoyed your story about another intrepid football family. Those Matthews sound like a tough bunch! I just wanted to remind everyone about my grandfather, John Schneider. He was married to Rose Nesser, and also played with the Panhandles.

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