Green Bay Packers: Top 10 players of the 2000s
By Josh McPeak
6. Clay Matthews
Some thought Ted Thompson was reaching using a first round pick on Clay Matthews out of USC. Matthews wasn’t even the best linebacker on the Trojans team.
They were wrong!
During the 2010 season, Matthews would capture the NFC Defensive Player of the Year, Butkus Award, First Team All-Pro, all while hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Matthews had 6 sacks in only the first 2 weeks of the season. Ending the season with 13.5 sacks and 55 quarterback pressures.
Super Bowl 45 was heading in the direction of a comeback victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Green Bay’s lead had dwindled to 21-17. Pittsburgh was driving to the Packers’ 33, when Matthews knocked the ball free from Rashard Mendenhall.
Green Bay would never relinquish the lead.
Matthews has become a fan favorite in Packers News. In his first six seasons with the Packers, Matthews has recorded 61 total sacks. Clay Matthews brings the best motor in all of the NFL to Dom Capers’ squad.
For a team that was putrid against the run, it appears a move to ILB has paid dividends for the Packers. Although his sack numbers are down, his contribution is not.
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