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Matt Giordano
No. --     Atlanta Falcons
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: October 16, 1982 (1982-10-16) (age 27)
Place of birth: Fresno, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 134
Debuted in 2005 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NFL.com

Matthew Victor Giordano (born October 16, 1982 in Fresno, California) is an American football safety for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

Giordano earned a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI. He has also played for the Green Bay Packers.

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Early years

Attending Buchanan High School in Clovis, California, Giordano played a key role as team co-captain in Buchanan's inaugural Valley championship in 2000. His football jersey number was 2 while playing for Buchanan. As a senior, he had five interceptions and 64 tackles while causing three fumbles, and averaged nine yards per carry and 12.6 yards per reception on offense. He broke Buchanan records for longest punt return for a touchdown, most blocked kicks and most interceptions in a game. He was a two-time all (TRAC) Tri-River-Athletic-Conference first-team choice and was also named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Clovis Exchange Club and Buchanan High's Most Outstanding Player in football and track in 2001. Giordano was also crowned individual league champion in the 400 meters in 1999.

College career

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Fresno City College

Giordano attended Fresno City College for two years. He won All-State honors as a freshman, was a two-time All-Conference pick, and was the Defensive MVP in the Northern California Championship game.

University of California

He played college football with the California Golden Bears, at the University of California, Berkeley. As a senior, Giordano won All-Pacific-10 Conference first team honors, and was an All-American honorable mention. During his career, he had two interceptions, six pass deflections, one sack, 111 tackles (four for losses), two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Professional career

Indianapolis Colts

Giordano signed a one-year contract with the Colts on April 20, 2009. He was released to make room for linebacker Cody Glenn on September 6.[1]

Green Bay Packers

Giordano was signed by the Packers on September 23 after they released Aaron Rouse. He was released on March 5, 2010.[2]

Atlanta Falcons

Giordano signed with the Atlanta Falcons on March 16, 2010.[3]

Super Bowl XLI

Giordano had two huge plays in the Colts victory over the Bears. On the opening kick off, Giordano almost ran down Devin Hester, coming from across the field, and closing at the goal line, just a step too late to prevent the TD. Giordano also came in late in the 4th Quarter on an injury substitution. And on 4th and Nine for the bears, it was Giordano's big hit that dislodged the ball from Clark, to end the Bears hope for a comeback.

Personal

Giordano was married March 4, 2005 to Laura Enns of Clovis. He was an American Studies major. His great-grandfather is Italian born Ralph Giordano (Also known as Young Corbett III), who was a world welterweight boxing champion in 1933. Matt is the son of Victor and Janet Giordano. His notable combine marks include a 345 lb (156 kg) bench press and 19 repetitions at 225 lb (102 kg), 4.02 20 yd shuttle, 4.54 40-yd dash, 33.5 vertical jump, and a 455 lb (206 kg) squat.

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