Clay Matthews Iii

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English Free Topic Essay #2
‘’Clay Matthews III’’
Virgilio Henriquez 11-3

Clay Matthews III is an American football linebacker that plays for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He is my favorite NFL player, because I, myself, play as a linebacker in my team, so I use Clay Matthews as my inspiration and motivation to become better every day. Even though he doesn’t play in my favorite NFL team, I consider him a very good player because of his swiftness, strength, and the fact that he (almost) always plays fair. Clay Matthews III was born in the Northridge district of Los Angeles. His parents were Clay and Leslie Matthews. He attended Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California. Physically, Matthews was a late bloomer, meaning that he reached the state of puberty later than what is considered to be ‘’normal’’ (13-16 years old). His father was the team defensive coordinator of the high school he was attending, but declined to start his son because he was physically undersized. Matthews began developing physically in his senior season, but only gained interest from Division IFCS schools and local community colleges. Because of this, he described his own recruiting status out of high school as ‘’very unlikely’’. Like his father and uncle, Matthews opted to attend the University of Southern California with hopes of becoming a member of the Trojans football team. Matthews played for the USC Trojans football team for the year 2005 until 2008, under head coach Pete Carroll and Linebacker Coach Ken Norton. During his first season, USC's 2004 National Championship season, he played only on the scout team and turned down several playing opportunities during garbage time during the fourth quarters of games in order to preserve his redshirt status and remaining seasons of NCAA eligibility. He was granted full athletic scholarship status at the beginning of the 2006 season. Matthews continued to play reserve linebacker in the 2006 and...
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