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#78: Bruce Matthews | The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players (2010) | #FlashbackFridays
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: NFL
Bruce Matthews
Bruce Matthews
Published: 2009/04/23
Channel: screamradio
The NFL
The NFL's Greatest Family: The Matthews
Published: 2017/07/22
Channel: Chase Chats
NFL Families: The Matthews with Bruce Matthews
NFL Families: The Matthews with Bruce Matthews
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: MyNorthwest
Gottlieb: Bruce Matthews on his football family and offensive lines
Gottlieb: Bruce Matthews on his football family and offensive lines
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: CBS Sports
Bruce Matthews watches his son, Mike, during camp
Bruce Matthews watches his son, Mike, during camp
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: Cleveland Browns
J.J. Watt is a MONSTER - Hard Knocks (2014 season)
J.J. Watt is a MONSTER - Hard Knocks (2014 season)
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: NFL
Matthews Football Video
Matthews Football Video
Published: 2009/09/24
Channel: GridironKings
Bruce Matthews NFL Hall of Fame Arcadia High School
Bruce Matthews NFL Hall of Fame Arcadia High School
Published: 2014/10/14
Channel: arcadiaunified
Brice Matthews 2012-13 Highlights
Brice Matthews 2012-13 Highlights
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: U Video
Heart of a Hall of Famer - Bruce Matthews Session 1
Heart of a Hall of Famer - Bruce Matthews Session 1
Published: 2015/10/22
Channel: ProFootballHOF - Education
Bruce Matthews joins Ryan Fowler to talk about his novel, as well as the current state of Football
Bruce Matthews joins Ryan Fowler to talk about his novel, as well as the current state of Football
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: Tide 102.9
Bruce Matthews Interview
Bruce Matthews Interview
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: GoArmy Edge
Top 5 Oilers/Titans of All Time | NFL
Top 5 Oilers/Titans of All Time | NFL
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: NFL
Miykeal Matthews ( football highlight 2015-16)
Miykeal Matthews ( football highlight 2015-16)
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Miykeal Matthews
Texas Spotlight: Luke Matthews
Texas Spotlight: Luke Matthews
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Rivals.com
Bruce Matthews The Last Oiler Part 6
Bruce Matthews The Last Oiler Part 6
Published: 2007/08/25
Channel: HoustonChronicle
Chris Boles working with Bruce Matthews(6)
Chris Boles working with Bruce Matthews(6)
Published: 2016/04/27
Channel: MoCity Fitness
Bruce Matthews: The Last Oiler Part 2
Bruce Matthews: The Last Oiler Part 2
Published: 2007/08/01
Channel: HoustonChronicle
Bruce Matthews: Hall of Fame Football Offensive Tackle
Bruce Matthews: Hall of Fame Football Offensive Tackle
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: WhoWhat
OL Matthews on the Rookie trip to the Hall of Fame
OL Matthews on the Rookie trip to the Hall of Fame
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: Cleveland Browns
Matthews Football Highlights
Matthews Football Highlights
Published: 2013/08/11
Channel: jubei69200
Matthews football season 2
Matthews football season 2
Published: 2011/10/30
Channel: 501broncos
A&M offensive lineman Jake Matthews on his family
A&M offensive lineman Jake Matthews on his family's football background.
Published: 2014/03/06
Channel: startelegramvideo
Clay Matthews "I
Clay Matthews "I'd like to be recognized as the OG of..." | What's Up Pro? | NFL Network
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: NFL Network
RAYSHAD HORTON MATTHEWS FOOTBALL FILM
RAYSHAD HORTON MATTHEWS FOOTBALL FILM
Published: 2014/02/15
Channel: shad25
Throwback Thursday: Clay Matthews Dominates NFL
Throwback Thursday: Clay Matthews Dominates NFL
Published: 2016/03/17
Channel: Cleveland Browns
Bruce Matthews joins Tiki & Tierney
Bruce Matthews joins Tiki & Tierney
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: CBS Sports Radio
Matthews Football Practice 2
Matthews Football Practice 2
Published: 2010/07/28
Channel: Victoria Rivas
Jake Matthews - 2014 NFL Draft profile
Jake Matthews - 2014 NFL Draft profile
Published: 2014/04/20
Channel: Erick Ward
Matthews Football Practice 1
Matthews Football Practice 1
Published: 2010/07/28
Channel: Victoria Rivas
EPIC- Clay Matthews vs Casey Matthews
EPIC- Clay Matthews vs Casey Matthews
Published: 2012/01/20
Channel: Oscar Reyes
Matthews: O-line Heading in Right Direction
Matthews: O-line Heading in Right Direction
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Atlanta Falcons
Matthews Football Practice 3
Matthews Football Practice 3
Published: 2010/07/28
Channel: Victoria Rivas
Arcadia High Salter Stadium Dedication Bruce Matthews CBS 2
Arcadia High Salter Stadium Dedication Bruce Matthews CBS 2
Published: 2014/10/10
Channel: arcadiaunified
GoArmy EDGE: Bruce Matthews on Technology
GoArmy EDGE: Bruce Matthews on Technology
Published: 2015/08/07
Channel: GOARMY.COM
Kam Matthews Football Highlights
Kam Matthews Football Highlights
Published: 2015/04/06
Channel: Jason Shea
Raiders at Houston Oilers -- Warren Moon First Game, with RB Earl Campbell
Raiders at Houston Oilers -- Warren Moon First Game, with RB Earl Campbell
Published: 2015/02/24
Channel: OilersLuvYaBlue
Luke Matthews
Luke Matthews
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: GigEm 247
No Huddle | Mike Matthews
No Huddle | Mike Matthews
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: AggieFBLife
Top 10 Football Families
Top 10 Football Families
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: Sean A
Tackle
Tackle
Published: 2015/04/14
Channel: rayshad Horton
Matthews: All the Guys We Have are Playmakers
Matthews: All the Guys We Have are Playmakers
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: Atlanta Falcons
CLAY MATHEWS IS A BEAST
CLAY MATHEWS IS A BEAST
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: boa constrictor
The Matthews legacy continues on in Cleveland
The Matthews legacy continues on in Cleveland
Published: 2016/08/08
Channel: Cleveland Browns
A Family Affair
A Family Affair
Published: 2011/02/04
Channel: Pro Football Weekly
offensive line.wmv
offensive line.wmv
Published: 2010/11/08
Channel: NathanPickering
OBM - Football Player - Bruce Matthews
OBM - Football Player - Bruce Matthews
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
T Matthews Host Falcons
T Matthews Host Falcons' O-Line Cookout
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: Atlanta Falcons
Bruce Matthews  - 25th Anniversary Tribute
Bruce Matthews - 25th Anniversary Tribute
Published: 2015/08/11
Channel: Human Needs Online
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Bruce Matthews
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Matthews (left) with his brother Clay in 1984
No. 74
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-08-08) August 8, 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth: Raleigh, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Arcadia (CA)
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 296
Games started: 292
Player stats at NFL.com

Bruce Rankin Matthews (born August 8, 1961) is a former professional American football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for 19 seasons, from 1983 to 2001. He played college football for the University of Southern California, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American for the USC Trojans football team. He was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft and played professionally for the NFL's Houston Oilers franchise, later renamed the Tennessee Oilers and Tennessee Titans during his tenure. He was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, tied for the most in NFL history.

Matthews was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He is the brother of linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. and uncle of linebacker Clay Matthews III and tight end Troy Niklas. Matthews was inspired by childhood mentor Waylon Matthews.

College career[edit]

He attended the University of Southern California, where he played all offensive line positions at various times, earning All-America honors in his senior year and winning the Morris Trophy.

Professional career[edit]

The Houston Oilers drafted Matthews with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. In Houston, he blocked for the legendary Earl Campbell and eventually played all line positions (guard, center and tackle), going to the Pro Bowl as a guard and center. He was selected to fourteen Pro Bowls in all, tying a league record held by Merlin Olsen. Matthews was also named First-team All-Pro nine times (1988–1993, 1998–2000) and All-AFC 12 seasons (1988–1993, 1995–2000). He was selected as a guard on the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. Matthews spent his entire career with the Oilers franchise, which relocated after the 1996 season and became the Tennessee Titans. An extremely durable player, Matthews retired after the 2001 season having played more games (296) than any NFL player, excluding kickers and punters (since surpassed by Brett Favre; Matthews still holds the record for linemen), and played in more seasons (19) than any offensive lineman. He never missed a game because of injury (the 1987 season was shortened due to a player strike), and started 229 consecutive games. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Matthews started, however they lost to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams. Matthews is the only player who played against the Baltimore Colts in their last game at Memorial Stadium and against the Baltimore Ravens in their last game at Memorial Stadium.

In his first year of eligibility, Matthews was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2007. He was inducted during the Enshrinement Ceremony on August 5, 2007[1] with the unveiling of his bust, sculpted by Scott Myers. He is the only player from the Tennessee Titans to be given this honor since the relocation from Houston. He was the fifth player from the 1983 NFL draft class to be enshrined, joining Dan Marino, Eric Dickerson, John Elway, and Jim Kelly; Darrell Green and Richard Dent later became the sixth and seventh members.

Coaching[edit]

On February 27, 2009, Matthews returned to Houston where he was signed on as an Offensive Assistant with the Houston Texans after volunteer coaching at his children's high school, Elkins High School. On February 9, 2011, Matthews was hired as offensive line coach by new Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. Both were Hall of Fame lineman for the Houston Oilers. Regarding his new job, Matthews stated, "For me this is an opportunity of a lifetime. It is such a unique opportunity to work with Mike because I think he will do a great job. It is just one of those things I couldn't pass up."

After finishing with a record of 7-9 for the 2013 season, Titans general manager Ruston Webster and Tommy Smith, who took over as CEO after owner Bud Adams died on October 21, 2013, met with Munchak and gave him the option to fire a large contingent of assistant coaches, which included Matthews, in exchange for an extension and a raise, or lose his job as head coach. Munchak was not willing to fire everyone they were ordering him to fire, so Munchak parted ways with the Titans (after a combined 31 years with the franchise as a player, assistant coach, and head coach), along with Matthews and the other assistant coaches they wanted him to fire.[2]

Personal[edit]

Bruce comes from a football family. He is the son of Clay Matthews Sr., who played in the NFL in the 1950s. His brother Clay Matthews Jr. also played 19 seasons in the NFL, mostly for the Cleveland Browns. He is the uncle of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III, former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Casey Matthews, and Kyle Matthews of USC football. Bruce's disposition for football has been continued by several of his sons. His son Kevin played center for Texas A&M until the 2009 football season[3] and then played in the National Football League for 5 years, where he was a member of the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers. Jake Matthews played offensive tackle for Texas A&M, a position for which he was nationally ranked coming out of high school, and is currently a member of the Atlanta Falcons. His son Mike played on the offensive line for Texas A&M, where he was the starting center, and currently plays for the Cleveland Browns.[4] His youngest son Luke is currently in high School (Ft. Bend Elkins) and was selected for the 2018 Army All-American Bowl and is a verbal commit to Texas A&M. He is the uncle of Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas.

In the 1970s, the Matthews family lived on the North Shore of Chicago where Bruce attended Mount Carmel High School (Chicago) for one year. Matthews later moved to Los Angeles, where he was a standout playing on both the offensive and defensive line at Arcadia High School. He was also an all-league wrestler.

The Matthews football family tree:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jim Marshall
(270)
Total starts in the NFL
(292)

2000–-2010
Succeeded by
Brett Favre
(298)

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