Matthews was signed to a 5-year, $65 million contract that for the time being makes him a Packer for the foreseeable future. This is obviously great news for Packers fans who have been eagerly waiting for both Matthews and superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers to sign contracts with the team.
With the cornerstones in place for the coming years on both offense and defense, the Packers can continue to sustain excellence and even build around that championship duo.
However, what some fans may have missed when Matthews officially signed was Matthews’ tweet in honor of the people affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay! twitter.com/ClayMatthews52…
— Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) April 17, 2013
This is a guy who had just signed a contract that should guarantee him financial security for the rest of his life. Most people would expect an NFL player to tweet a picture of himself celebrating or even a totally understandable “thank you to the organization” post. Instead, Matthews chose to put his contract news secondary to the people hurt by the recent tragedy.
This display of humility is one that paints a picture of the type of players the Green Bay organization has continued to pursue. The Packers have always been known as a community-driven organization, and with that expectation comes a responsibility to the community.
With the signing of Matthews to a lucrative contract, Green Bay is continuing the model of outstanding players on and off the field representing the city and its fans. When Rodgers signs, (most likely soon) the Packers will have All-Pros leading both units, and they will be fortunate enough to have incredibly humble guys as leaders.
The team is in good hands, and with young guys like Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson ready to continue that model, the Packers can look forward to another generation of Packers for which Vince Lombardi would be most proud.