Michael Matthews (American football)

Michael Matthews

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Matthews during the 2009 NFL season
No. 88, 86, 80
Position: Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-10-09) October 9, 1983
Place of birth: West Covina, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school: Cincinnati (OH) Sycamore
College: Georgia Tech
Undrafted: 2007
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 8
Receiving yards: 54
Receiving TDs: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Lee Matthews (born October 9, 1983) is a former American football tight end for the New York Giants. He was signed 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 was also a member of the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, and Virginia Destroyers.

Early years

Matthews attended Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, Track, 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 went on to win Super Bowl XLII with the Giants; he started the game with Boss in a double tight end formation.

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 exchange 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] He was waived on April 20, 2010.

Buffalo Bills

Matthews signed with the Buffalo Bills on April 21, 2010. He was injury waived on August 23.

Virginia Destroyers

Matthews was signed by the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League on May 19, 2011.[4]

Indianapolis Colts

On August 9, 2011, Matthews signed with the Indianapolis Colts.


  1. Reiss, Mike (2009-09-05). "Patriots making trades at tight end". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  2. Rapoport, Ian (2009-10-20). "Bill Belichick on Joey Galloway's release: "We moved on on that one… It just didn't work out."". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  3. https://twitter.com/Adam_Schefter/status/6710049093
  4. "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. May 19, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
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