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Michael Matthews

Matthews during the 2009 NFL season
No. --     Detroit Lions
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: October 9, 1983 (1983-10-09) (age 26)
Place of birth: Altadena, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia Tech
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2007 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Receptions     8
Receiving yards     54
Receiving TDs     0
Stats at

Michael Lee Matthews (born October 9, 1983, in Altadena, California) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Georgia Tech.

Matthews earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He has also played for the New England Patriots.


Early years

Matthews attended Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was named as a first team All-City selection, a second team All-District selection, and a first team All-Conference selection. Michael Matthews graduated from Sycamore High School in 2002.

College years

Matthews played collegiately for the Georgia Tech football team

Professional career


New York Giants

Matthews was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Matthews played in every game for the Giants in the 2007 season as a backup tight end behind Jeremy Shockey and Kevin Boss, in which he was an important contributor to the team's rushing attack with his strong blocking. Matthews' playing time increased after Shockey suffered a season-ending injury in Week 15. Matthews went on to win Super Bowl XLII with the Giants; he started the game with Boss in a double tight end formation.

After Shockey was traded in the offseason, Matthews returned to the Giants to serve as the backup tight end behind Kevin Boss in 2008. Matthews is typically used as a blocking tight end, with Boss being the receiving tight end.

New England Patriots

Matthews was traded to the New England Patriots on September 5, 2009, in exhange for a conditional 2011 draft pick.[1] He was waived on October 20; the condition for the trade was not met, meaning the Patriots did not surrender a draft choice.[2]

Detroit Lions

Matthews was signed by the Detroit Lions on December 15, 2009.[3]


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