Clay Matthews III is a free agent outside linebacker in the National Football League. He formerly played for the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams. He was seen as a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was eventually taken in the first round (26th overall) by the Green Bay Packers after the team traded up to secure the selection. He signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams on March 19, 2019, and was released on March 19, 2020. He did not play for any team during the 2020 season. He was a walk-on for the University of Southern California Trojans football team under head coach Pete Carroll. He was a member of three Pac-10 Championship teams throughout his college career.
|Celebrated Name||Clay Matthews III|
|Nick Name||Clay Matthews III|
|Birth Name||William Clay Matthews III|
|Place Of Birth||Los Angeles, California|
|Father||Clay Matthews Jr.|
|High School||Agoura High School|
|University||University of California|
|Awards||Butkus Award and more|
|Net Worth||$40 Million|
|Source of Wealth||NFL Career|
|Height||6 ft 3 in or 1.91 m|
|Weight||116 KG or 255 lbs|
|Current Team||Free Agent|
Clay Matthews III Biography
Clay Matthews III was born on 14th May 1986 in Los Angeles, California, the USA. His birth name is William Clay Matthews III. He was born to his parents; his mother, Leslie, and his father, Clay Matthews Jr. Both his father Clay Matthews Jr. and grandfather Clay Matthews Sr. were great football players. He also has a sibling, brother particularly Casey Matthews who is a well-known footballer linebacker. His relatives Kevin Matthews, Jake Matthews, and Mike Matthews are also involved with the sport. By nationality, he is American and his ethnicity is American-White. His race is White. Taurus is his Zodiac sign and his faith is Christian.
Regarding his education, Clay Matthews III attended Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California. There he played for the Agoura Chargers high school football squad. After finishing high school, he joined the University of California, where he played for the Trojans Football Team.
Clay Matthews III Height, Weight
Clay Matthews III is a very handsome man with a tall height of 6 ft 3 in or 1.91 m. He has a body weight of 116 Kg or 255 lbs. His body type is average and he maintains his body a lot. His hair color is blonde and he has a pair of blue eyes. His other body measurements such as chest size, waist size, and more are still to get unfolded yet. Overall, he has got a healthy body at present.
- Clay Matthews III attended the University of Southern California and played for the Trojans from 2004 through 2008 under head coach Pete Carroll.
- The Packers utilized the first-round pick gained from the Patriots to acquire Matthews with the 26th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.
- On 5th October 2009, he scored his first professional touchdown during a Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.
- He had perhaps the best game in his brief career in Week 13 when he was awarded the NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor.
- He recorded 51 tackles, 10 sacks, seven pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble in his debut season.
- He was voted NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year and established the Packer record for most sacks in a season by a rookie, with 10.0.
- He concluded the season with 60 tackles, 13.5 sacks (fourth in the league), four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and an interception through 15 games in 2010 and he finished the 2011 season with 50 tackles, and a career-low six sacks despite playing 15 of the 16 games.
- He was named to the 2011 Pro Bowl NFC roster for the second straight year and was named to the All-Pro squad for the first time in his career.
- He recorded a career-high 55.0 quarterback pressures. He was also selected SN-NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFC Defensive Player of the Year and won the Butkus Award.
- He was positioned at the LOLB position, and Matthews was transferred back to the ROLB position he played at in his rookie year.
- Prior to the 2012 season, Sporting News ranked him as the second-best outside linebacker in the NFL, only behind Cowboys’ star DeMarcus Ware.
- He began out the season with a bang as he recorded 2.5 sacks in the 30–22 season opener defeat to the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and then posted a career-high 3.5 sacks against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
- He finished the 2012 season with 43 tackles, 13.0 sacks (sixth in the league), two passes defended, and a forced fumble.
- In the off-season, he became the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history when the Packers and he negotiated a deal worth $66 million over the next five seasons.
- He played only 11 games during the 2013 season as he recorded 41 tackles (26 solos), a team-high 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
- During the Packers’ Week 5 matchup with the Detroit Lions on October 6, 2013, he broke his right thumb and missed the next four games.
- He finished the 2014 season with 11 sacks, 9 passes defended, one interception (his first since 2011), and two forced fumbles. For the first time in his NFL career, Matthews started every game during the regular season.
- In his 2015 season, he helped lead his team to the NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, a game that it lost 26–20 in overtime.
- He was ranked 57th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
- He was among the athletes indicated in The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers, an Al Jazeera documentary on illegal performance-enhancing drug use.
- He also appeared on Wisconsin’s Afternoon News with John Mercure on Newsradio 620 WTMJ to discuss football.
- He appeared in 12 games and started nine during his 2016 season where he recorded 24 tackles, of which 20 were solo, five sacks, and one forced fumble.
- In addition, he was ranked 82nd by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
- On 28th September 2017, during the Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears, he became the Packers’ all-time sacks leader when he sacked the Bears’ quarterback Mike Glennon.
- During Week 2 in 2018 against the Minnesota Vikings, he was called for a controversial roughing the passer penalty that nullified an interception with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter. The game ended in a 29–29 tie.
- He became an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season.
- He signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams on 19th March 2019 and made his debut with the Rams in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, making three tackles and sacking Cam Newton once as the Rams won 30–27.
- In Week 5, after the Rams’ 30–29 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it was announced that Matthews suffered a broken jaw and would undergo surgery which ended up missing three games, finishing the season with 13 starts.
- On 19th March 2020, he was released by the Rams and he did not play during the 2020 season for any team.
Clay Matthews III Relationship Status
Who is Clay Matthews III dating? Clay Matthews III is a married man. He married his beautiful wife, Casey Noble-Matthews. The couple shared three children together. As of today, clay and Casey is living a happy life with their kids without any disturbances. They both are supportive of each other in ups and downs. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
Clay Matthews III Net Worth
Clay Matthews III is a well-recognized NFL footballer whose net worth is estimated to have $40 Million as of July 2023. In the off-season in 2012, he became the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history when the Packers and he made a deal worth $66 million over the next five seasons. He signed a 2-year, $9,250,000 contract with the Los Angeles Rams, including $5,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $4,625,000. In the year 2019, he earned a base salary of $3,000,000 and a roster bonus of $500,000, while carrying a cap hit of $3,500,000 and a dead cap value of $3,500,000. Currently, he is a free agent. Thus, his exact salary at present is unavailable at a moment. His main source of wealth comes from his football career and he is living a standard lifestyle today.