78. Clay Matthews Jr.

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78. Clay Matthews Jr.

It is hard not to consider Clay Matthews Jr. as part of football royalty.

How can you not? 

He is the son of former San Francisco 49er, Clay Matthews Sr., the father of Clay Matthews III, the brother of Hall of Famer, Bruce Matthews, and the uncle of Jake and Kevin Matthews.  As for this specific member of the Matthews clan, we have a 19-year veteran who spent 16 of them with the Cleveland Browns.  In four of those seasons, he was named to the Pro Bowl.  Matthews Jr. may never have been a First Team All-Pro, but he had the longevity and relevance that overcomes that objection.  Matthews is currently third all-time in Tackles and in the top fifteen in Games Played. 

The resume of Clay Matthews Jr. is one of the great examples of whether Canton wants to recognize a long period of being very good though he was never quite elite.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2002
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Played For: Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns
  • College: USC
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 12th Overall in 1978
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1) (1984)
    Pro Bowl (1985, 1987, 1988 & 1989)
    Most Solo Tackles (1978, 1979, 1981 & 1984)
    Most Combined Tackles (1978, 1979, 1981 & 1984)
    Most Forced Fumbles (1983)
    Super Bowl Champion (None)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Solo Tackles (7) (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)
    Top Ten Finishes: Combined Tackles (7) 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)
    Top Ten Finishes: Forced Fumbles (4) (1983, 1984, 1985 & 1989)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 7. Combined Tackles: 1,595
    16. Games Started: 248
    23. Games Played: 278
    31. Forced Fumbles: 27
    98. Quarterback Sacks: 69.5
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: 2021

Should Clay Matthews Jr. be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.3%
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