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Matt Chatham
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: June 28, 1977 (1977-06-28) (age 32)
Place of birth: Newton, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: South Dakota
Debuted in 2000 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Matt Chatham (born June 28, 1977 in Sioux City, Iowa) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at South Dakota.


High school years

Chatham attended North High School in Sioux City, Iowa, and won All-State honors in football and baseball.

College career

Chatham attended the University of South Dakota. As a junior he made 95 tackles and six interceptions. In his senior year he made 74 tackles and one interception.

NFL career

Chatham was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent but was released before the start of the regular season.

He spent the first six seasons of his career in New England, where he was instrumental in the Patriots' three Super Bowl victories (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX). Chatham's most notable play was the leveling of a streaker, identified as Mark Francis Roberts, as he ran from security personnel during Super Bowl XXXVIII. *This play ranks #50 on ESPN's Greatest Super Bowl moments.When he was asked about tackling the streaker, he said "I wanted to knock him down but not wrap up," then added, "Was I surprised? Hell no. I play for Bill Belichick. You don't think we watched film on that guy all week? I'd seen everything there is to see."

On January 5, 2007, between NBC's two Wild Card games, Peter King said that it is widely believed that Chatham's signing with the Jets early the prior offseason is one of the major reasons Patriots coach Bill Belichick is upset at his former defensive coordinator and current Browns head coach Eric Mangini. King said the signing broke a code among coaches in the Bill Parcells coaching tree, which says don't touch each other's players.

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