Matthew clay, a former Green Bay Packers linebacker, unofficially retired from the NFL in 2019 while playing with the Los Angeles Rams. However, the athlete recently revealed that he hopes to officially celebrate his retirement with Green Bay, the team he believes best represents his time in the league.
The 36-year-old played with the Packers for just under 10 seasons and during that time he won six Pro Bowls, was a finalist in Defensive Player of the Year voting and helped his team winning the Super Bowl in 2010. However, he moved to Los Angeles to play a single season with the Rams in 2019. Despite recording 8.0 sacks in 13 games, the Rams released him in the offseason.
“I had a few other offers after for the 2020 season, but we had just moved to LA, and we had just had our third child, and it was in the middle of COVID, so there were a lot of unknowns” , said Matthews, explaining his absence from the league. “In the end, there was no situation that made me want to move again with the family. I wanted to focus on the next chapter, which is being a dad and being home a lot more.
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In a recent interview with ESPN’s Rob Demosky, the linebacker admitted he wanted to end his career with the Packers, rather than the Rams. “I would have liked to end my career [in Green Bay]”, Matthews said. “…At the end of the day, it is what it is. I had fun during my year in Los Angeles.
Clay Matthews discusses returning to Green Bay with his kids
Matthews, who is the Green Bay franchise’s all-time sack leader, said he hopes to one day be invited back to officially celebrate his retirement with the team. Mostly because he wants to show his children a meaningful look into his past.
“My kids are growing up, so they understand what I’ve been able to do, so I can’t wait to show them around Lambeau, where we used to live, and all the things that were a big part of their young life and my young life. life too,” he shared.
Matthews also acknowledged that being inducted into the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame would be a dream come true. “I would certainly be very grateful and humbled,” the NFL star said of the opportunity.
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