The Matthews family has football in their blood. Clay Matthews Jr. had an outstanding career for the
His daughter, Jennifer Matthews, took to Twitter to state his case for the Hall of Fame, and it's hard to argue with her logic, as he has some impressive records and accomplishments to his name.
Clay Matthews Jr.— Jennifer Matthews (@JennMatthews57) December 9, 2018
278 games played: #1 for LB in NFL History
1,561 tackles: #3 in NFL History
248 Starts at LB: #1 in NFL History
27 Forced Fumbles, 14 Fumble Recoveries &16 INT’s
There’s one thing left & that’s Canton. #ClayMatthewsHOF @ProFootballHOF pic.twitter.com/HqFduVjdDz
Matthews Jr. is the all-time leader in games played for a linebacker in NFL history, and has the third most tackles in the history of the league. He logged an impressive 83.5 career sacks and forced 27 fumbles while recovering 14. He also picked off 16 passes and started the most games for a linebacker in the history of the league.
His brother, Bruce, is already in the Hall of Fame. Is it time to make it a family affair in Canton? Jennifer is doing her level best.
Clay Matthews’ sister doing a great job campaigning for her dad https://t.co/9CPbAEUncr— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 9, 2018
Matthews Jr. played from 1978-1996, dishing out big hits in the NFL until he was 40 years old. While he never won a Super Bowl ring, he made eight trips to the playoffs, seven of which came with Cleveland.
His son is also following in his footsteps, as Clay Matthews III has been with the Packers since entering the league in 2009. He will be hoping his father is given the honor of joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame before he almost certainly heads there himself.