Pro Highlights

  • Played in 12 games with nine starts (six at OLB, three at ILB) in 2016, missing four contests (Weeks 3, 8-10) due to ankle/hamstring injuries. Also suffered a shoulder injury in Week 12 that would limit him the rest of the season. Registered 24 tackles (19 solo), five sacks (No. 3 on the team), six tackles for a loss, 13 QB hits (No. 4 on the team) and 14 pressures (tied for No. 2).
  • Has recorded five-plus sacks in each of his eight seasons in the league. Is one of six NFL players to record five-plus sacks in each season from 2009-16.
  • Recorded a sack during the 2016 postseason, upping his total to 11 in 15 career playoff games, the most in franchise postseason history (since 1982) and tied for No. 5 in NFL postseason history. Became just the fourth NFL player to reach the 10-sack mark for his career in the postseason in 11 or fewer playoff games, joining LaMarr Woodley (six games), Richard Dent (seven) and Terrell Suggs (nine).
  • Started all 16 games for the second straight season in 2015, opening every game at MLB, and earned his sixth selection to the Pro Bowl (first at inside linebacker).
  • Ranked No. 2 on the team in 2015 with a career-high 84 tackles (56 solo) and 6½ sacks. Led the team in QB pressures (27) and QB hits (14) while also recording an interception, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed.
  • In 2014, started four games at LOLB, six at ROLB and six at MLB. Played on the inside for the first time in his career beginning in Week 10.
  • Recorded 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) in 2014.
  • 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.
  • Appeared in 11 games in 2013, missing five contests due to a broken thumb. The injury sidelined him for four games (Weeks 6-9) and was reaggravated 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Became the first 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).
  • 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). Is tied with CB/S 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).


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-America 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…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 a 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.


Given name William Clay Matthews III…Born in Northridge, Calif. …Married, wife’s name is Casey…The couple has a son, Clay IV, and a daughter, Madeline…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 second-team All-American at Oregon and a fourth-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011…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, played center at A&M from 2012-15, signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent and currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers…High school: Was a 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: Participated in the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign, wearing specialty game shoes to raise awareness for Cure Duchenne, an organization focused on fighting muscle disease in children…Has been raising awareness for Cure Duchenne since his second year in the NFL…Visited with students at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Green Bay as their reward for being one among 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.