Green Bay Packers welcomes a new linebacker

The 22-year old Clay Matthews III from the University of Southern California is definitely a Packers now.
Matthews was selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 26th pick overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Green Bay traded 3 picks to the New England Patriots, 1 second rounder and 2 third round selections to take Matthews in the 1st round.

Clay Matthews III studied at the University of Southern California and played for the USC Trojan football team (2004- redshirt; 2005-2008 seasons) under the supervisions of linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. and head coach Pete Carroll. Beginning as a walk-on student athlete, Clay mainly played for the special teams as a reserve linebacker during the 2005 season, until he was given a full athletic scholarship prior to the 2006 season, as he was acknowledged by the coaching staff at USC. Known to be a bit undersized and a late bloomer during his earlier years, Matthews committed himself to undergo thorough training and workouts to gain size and to level up his strength and stamina. Clay continued his role as a reserve linebacker during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His efforts were paid off as he was awarded as the USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons, from 2006 – 2008, which made him the only player in the history of USC to be given such an award three times in a row.
Football definitely runs in the blood of the Matthews family. His father Clay Matthews Jr., was a former linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, and had earned 4 Pro Bowl selections during his time. His uncle Bruce Matthews was a Pro Football Hall of Famer and named to be one of the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the league. Matthews’ grandfather as well, Clay Matthews Sr., played for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1950’s. And Clay’s two brothers, plays football as well, one for the University of Oregon and other is for USC just like him.

According to Tom Fanning of, Matthew told that he is indeed very pleased to be with the Packers, as the team really shows their interest in him and is certainly looking forward on how he will make an impact on the team.