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Best of Matthew Slater | Offense Defense & Special Teams Highlights
Best of Matthew Slater | Offense Defense & Special Teams Highlights
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: Mike Vaz
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Football's Ultimate Family: The Slaters | NFL Films Presents
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: NFL Films
Matthew Slater Patriots Highlights | 2008-2017
Matthew Slater Patriots Highlights | 2008-2017
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: Pats.365
Matthew Slater on All Access
Matthew Slater on All Access
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: New England Patriots
Coin Flip Controversy: Patriots Matthew Slater On Coin Flip | Patriots vs. Jets | NFL
Coin Flip Controversy: Patriots Matthew Slater On Coin Flip | Patriots vs. Jets | NFL
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: NFL
Matthew Slater
Matthew Slater's Speech (AFC Divisional 2015) [1080p]
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: byNOSAJ
2017 Super Bowl Breakfast: Matthew Slater receives Bart Starr Award
2017 Super Bowl Breakfast: Matthew Slater receives Bart Starr Award
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: Gary George
Matthew Slater wins coin-toss in overtime, elects to KICK
Matthew Slater wins coin-toss in overtime, elects to KICK
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: WDB Highlights
New England Patriots Wideout Matthew Slater Speaks About God, Faith, & Family
New England Patriots Wideout Matthew Slater Speaks About God, Faith, & Family
Published: 2015/12/30
Channel: clyde davis
Jackie Slater on Radio Row at Super Bowl LI
Jackie Slater on Radio Row at Super Bowl LI
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: ktbbam600
Hall of Famer Jackie Slater on having a son in SB XLIX
Hall of Famer Jackie Slater on having a son in SB XLIX
Published: 2015/01/30
Channel: ktbbam600
Matthew Slater Punt-Return Tackle vs. Raiders
Matthew Slater Punt-Return Tackle vs. Raiders
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Oliver Thomas
Matthew Slater Special-Teams Tackle vs. Jacoby Jones
Matthew Slater Special-Teams Tackle vs. Jacoby Jones
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: Oliver Thomas
New England Patriot Matthew Slater at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day
New England Patriot Matthew Slater at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: fcavideo
Patriots Surprise Matthew Slater With News He’d Won Bart Starr Award
Patriots Surprise Matthew Slater With News He’d Won Bart Starr Award
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Exciting World 02
Bill Belichick Instructed Matthew Slater To Elect To Kick
Bill Belichick Instructed Matthew Slater To Elect To Kick
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: NESN
NFL: Matthew Slater interview (The News Hub postgame, 12.12.16
NFL: Matthew Slater interview (The News Hub postgame, 12.12.16
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: Adesina Koiki
Wide Receiver Matthew Slater of The Patriots
Wide Receiver Matthew Slater of The Patriots
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Sports-Hop Media
Matthew Slater is excited for his family to be at Super Bowl LI
Matthew Slater is excited for his family to be at Super Bowl LI
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: MassLive
Matthew and Jackie Slater: A Father
Matthew and Jackie Slater: A Father's Legacy
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: NFL Players Association
Matthew Slater Coverage
Matthew Slater Coverage
Published: 2014/08/02
Channel: Juan Antonio Ramirez
Matthew Slater reflects on Malcolm Butler
Matthew Slater reflects on Malcolm Butler's journey since Super Bowl XLIX
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: MassLive
Salvation - Matthew Slater
Salvation - Matthew Slater
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: The Increase Stories
Superstring Theory - Matthew Slater
Superstring Theory - Matthew Slater
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: CanadaMan6
Patriots
Patriots' Matthew Slater Speaks On Adam Jones, Social Issues In New England
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: NESN
Patriots Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater talks about his family.
Patriots Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater talks about his family.
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: Peter Phipps
Ravens Score Back-to-Back TDs on Patriots Special Team Fumbles | NFL Wk. 14. Highlights
Ravens Score Back-to-Back TDs on Patriots Special Team Fumbles | NFL Wk. 14. Highlights
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: NFL
Did Matthew Slater cost the Patriots the game against the NY Jets
Did Matthew Slater cost the Patriots the game against the NY Jets
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: TheRantChannel_33
Pats captain Matthew Slater says team
Pats captain Matthew Slater says team's closeness helps in the field.
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: Peter Phipps
Matthew Slater on the Patriots support of Tom Brady
Matthew Slater on the Patriots support of Tom Brady
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: Peter Phipps
Sports Spectrum TV - New England WR Matthew Slater
Sports Spectrum TV - New England WR Matthew Slater
Published: 2012/02/16
Channel: Sports Spectrum Magazine
New England Patriots Player Shares The Gospel With The Media
New England Patriots Player Shares The Gospel With The Media
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: The Wildcard
New England Patriots Matthew Slater Shares The Gospel
New England Patriots Matthew Slater Shares The Gospel
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: RASE Media Religion Arts Sports Entertainment
jets patriots coin toss - Matthew Slater elects to kick off in overtime
jets patriots coin toss - Matthew Slater elects to kick off in overtime
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: jabman549
Pats Slater Defends Brady; Kraft Celebrates Volunteerism
Pats Slater Defends Brady; Kraft Celebrates Volunteerism
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: WPRI
High Character Players
High Character Players
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: New England Patriots
THE GOSPEL MOVEMENT YO! Pastor Rodney Hewitt "Jesus loves us!" Matthew Slater (Jeremy camp this man)
THE GOSPEL MOVEMENT YO! Pastor Rodney Hewitt "Jesus loves us!" Matthew Slater (Jeremy camp this man)
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: Rod Hewitt
Madden NFL 15 - Unbelievable Kick Return With Matthew Slater
Madden NFL 15 - Unbelievable Kick Return With Matthew Slater
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: SneakyLuigi14
Patriots Captain Matthew Slater discusses similarities between Tom Brady & Matt Ryan
Patriots Captain Matthew Slater discusses similarities between Tom Brady & Matt Ryan
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: WEBN-TV Boston
Matthew slater dancing to firework NFL 49
Matthew slater dancing to firework NFL 49
Published: 2015/02/02
Channel: Hailey PV
Steve Burton & Matthew Slater
Steve Burton & Matthew Slater
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: Barnabas Ministries Inc.
Nurturing the Credit Commons - Matthew Slater
Nurturing the Credit Commons - Matthew Slater
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: Complementary Currency Resource Center
Matthew Slater shin injury
Matthew Slater shin injury
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: Ryan Hannable
Matthew Slater
Matthew Slater
Published: 2015/01/31
Channel: TheEagleTribune
"Warm and Safe" composed by Matthew Slater and performed by the Solaris Quartet
"Warm and Safe" composed by Matthew Slater and performed by the Solaris Quartet
Published: 2010/07/23
Channel: BlueJellyTube
Parade Video: Matthew Slater
Parade Video: Matthew Slater
Published: 2015/02/04
Channel: WMUR-TV
Matt Slater on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 5/27/15
Matt Slater on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 5/27/15
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: Dan Patrick Show
Patriots
Patriots' Matthew Slater thinks he's Spider-Man.
Published: 2015/03/20
Channel: Julius Sweet
Devin McCourty, Rob Ninkovich, Matthew Slater discuss Darius Fleming
Devin McCourty, Rob Ninkovich, Matthew Slater discuss Darius Fleming's heroics
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: MassLive.com
Matt Slater. Rush of Blood
Matt Slater. Rush of Blood
Published: 2015/11/28
Channel: matt slater
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Matt Slater
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Slater with the New England Patriots
No. 18 New England Patriots
Position: Special teamer
Personal information
Birth name: Matthew Wilson Slater
Date of birth: (1985-09-09) September 9, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth: Orange, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Anaheim (CA) Servite
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Total tackles: 127
Forced fumbles: 1
Total return yards: 637
Receptions: 1
Receiving yards: 46
Rushing attempts: 2
Rushing yards: 11
Player stats at NFL.com

Matthew Wilson "Matt" Slater (born September 9, 1985) is an American football wide receiver and special teams player for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA.

Slater was selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Pro Bowl as a special teamer.

Early years[edit]

Slater is the son of former NFL offensive tackle and Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, and Annie Slater. He was born in Long Beach, California and has one brother named David. He lettered in football for two seasons for coach Larry Toner at Servite High School in Anaheim, California, where he was teammates with Ryan Kalil. He was an All-West selection by Prep Star and a three-star selection by Rivals.com. He was also a two-time All-Serra League selection. As a junior, he made 23 catches for 333 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior, he made 39 receptions for 707 yards and five touchdowns.[1][2]

At high school, Slater was also a standout track athlete. He is tied for second at the CIF State meet in the 100 meters, with a time of 10.62 seconds, and fourth in the 200 meters, with a time of 21.39 seconds. His 4 x 100 metres relay team was CIF champion. He was selected 2003 Orange County Register Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year as a senior. He still holds school records in the 100 meters and 200 meters.[3]

College career[edit]

Slater attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and majored in political science and history, while playing for the UCLA Bruins football team. As a freshman, he redshirted due to a turf toe injury. In 2004, as a second-year freshman, Slater appeared in games against Illinois, Arizona and Stanford. As a sophomore in 2005 he was reserve wide receiver. He missed the first three games due to a stress fracture in his left leg. He played in two games but did not make a reception.[4]

In 2006, as a junior, Slater played 13 games, including two (Washington and Arizona) on defense. He excelled on kick coverage, specializing on big hits on kick returners to help minimize kick return yardage. In the year, he made nine tackles, including six solo tackles. As a senior, in 2007, Slater played in 13 games, made 25 tackles. He also returned kicks for the Bruins. He returned 34 kicks for a 29.0-yard average and 3 touchdowns which tied the lead in the nation and set the UCLA record. He also tied the Pac-10 season record, set by Anthony Davis in 1974. His 29.0-yard kickoff return average was first in the Pac-10 and 12th best in the country. He was First-team All-Pac 10 selection as the kick returner. His 986 kickoff return yards were also a new UCLA single-season record.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 195 lb 4.44 s 1.57 s 2.59 s 4.40 s 7.31 s 33 in 10 ft 1 in 11 reps
All values from NFL Combine

2008 season[edit]

Slater was drafted in the fifth round with the 153rd overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, who traded up with Tampa Bay before drafting Slater. Matthew's father, Jackie Slater, was pleased with the selection and told the Boston Herald that he got phone calls from "scouts, administrators in the NFL who knew me and my son, and they said, ‘Jackie, this could not be a better fit for your son to start being a pro football player.'"[6] Slater was one of two players selected in the 2008 Draft (the other being Chris Long), and the sixth in the history of the NFL Draft, who is a son of a Hall of Fame member. Slater played in 14 games in his rookie 2008 season, returning 11 kickoffs for 155 yards and recording 12 tackles on special teams.

2009 season[edit]

In the 2009 season, Slater was active for 14 games for the Patriots, recording six tackles on special teams, while recording one rush for six yards as a wide receiver. He also returned 11 kickoffs for 269 yards, a 24.5 average. He had a career-high 35-yard kickoff return in the regular-season finale at Houston. Slater also played in a reserve role at wide receiver and on special teams coverage units in the postseason game vs. the Baltimore Ravens. In that game, he had two kickoff returns for 46 yards and one special teams tackle.

2010 season[edit]

In 2010, Slater did not record any offensive or defensive statistics, and did not return any kicks or punts, but he led the team with 21 special teams tackles in 15 games played.[7]

2011 season[edit]

In the 2011 season, Slater was voted to be the Special Teams Captain by his teammates.[8][9]

Slater created a niche as a special teams force, leading the Patriots with 17 regular season special teams tackles in 2011; however, he had a presence in all three phases throughout the 2011 season. In the season opener against the Miami Dolphins, Slater made the Patriots’ first big play of the season catching a 46-yard reception from Tom Brady, and set the team up for the Patriots’ first touchdown of the season.[10] Slater returned 4 kickoffs for 68 yards (average of 17.0 yards per return).[11] He significantly contributed in the defensive backfield, and started in three games as safety. In his defensive start against the Indianapolis Colts, he forced a fumble and finished the game with a team high six tackles.[12] In the post season AFC Divisional Playoff game, Slater had 1 special team tackle.

Slater was selected for the 2012 Pro Bowl and the 2011 Pro Football Writers Association (PFW/PFWA) All-Pro teams including All-NFL and All-AFC as a special teamer.[13][14][15][16] The Slaters are one of five active father-son families selected to at least one Pro Bowl apiece. The others are Gill and Jairus Byrd; Archie, Eli, and Peyton Manning; Clay and Clay Matthews; and Kellen and Kellen Winslow.[17] The Patriots reached Super Bowl XLVI, Slater's first appearance in the Super Bowl, but lost 21-17 to the New York Giants.

2012 season[edit]

Slater, who became a free agent after the 2011 season, signed a three-year contract to return to the Patriots in 2012.[18] He was again voted as Special Teams Captain and voted to be the team's player representative to the NFL Players Association.[19][20] He was named to the Pro Bowl and the 2012 PFW/PFWA All-Pro for the lone AFC special teamer position for the second straight season.[21][22]

2013 season[edit]

In his sixth season with the Patriots, Slater continued to be a reliable captain and inspirational leader on and off the field.[23] He had 14 regular season special-teams tackles, which was the second highest on the team despite missing four games early in the season due to injury. His on field performance led to a third straight Pro Bowl nod.

2014 season[edit]

On November 26, 2014, it was reported that Slater signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Patriots through the 2016 season.[24] Slater, again, was voted All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl at the special teams position. It was his fourth straight selection to the Pro Bowl, and his 3rd All-Pro nod. Slater earned a Super Bowl ring as the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.

2015 season[edit]

Slater was once again a standout special teams player. He earned his fifth Pro Bowl at the special teams position. His father is a seven-time Pro-Bowler, and with 13 Pro Bowl nods between them, the Slaters are the second most nominated father/son in the NFL (only Archie and Peyton Manning have more Pro Bowl nominations).[25] [26]

2016 season[edit]

On August 31, 2016, Slater signed a one-year contract extension with the Patriots through 2017.[27] Slater continued to be a standout on special teams. On December 20, Slater earned his sixth Pro Bowl nomination. The Slaters now hold the most Pro Bowl nods of an active father-son pair with 13. He was also named First-team All-Pro as a special teamer for the fourth time in his career. On January 4, 2017, Slater was announced as the winner of the Bart Starr Award, given annually to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field. His father received this honor in 1996, and together they are the first father-son pair to be honored with this prestigious award. [28] Slater helped the Patriots finish 14-2 and reach Super Bowl LI. The Patriots trailed 28-3 in the third quarter, but rallied all the way back to win the game 34-28 against the Atlanta Falcons which featured the first overtime game in Super Bowl history (it was Slater who, in his role as special teams captain, successfully called the coin toss before the extra period) and the largest comeback in the Super Bowl.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Slater was awarded the New England Patriots 11th Ron Burton Community Service Award by owner Robert Kraft for his strong commitment to community service and leadership. Slater is one of the team’s most active community participants, regularly participating in the team’s organized community events.[29]

Matthew is also the United Way representative on the New England Patriots, and is working with organizations in the greater Boston area to recruit one million volunteers[when?] as part of the wider Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism Campaign.[30][31]

On October 25, 2016, Slater hosted a "pop up" fundraiser to benefit hurricane Matthew victims. He raised over $60,000 for Samaritan's Purse to assist in their efforts in the Carolinas and Haiti after the devastating hurricane barreled through those regions.[32]

Slater is a vocal Christian athlete, and often makes mention of his faith when addressing the media.[33][34]

Slater is married with one child.[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, Kenny (August 21, 2013). "NFL's Matthew Slater is making a name for himself". ocregister.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "High Schools: Southern Section Football Roundup". latimes.com. September 22, 2001. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Records". servitehs.org. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Matt Slater". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Matt Slater". ucla.edu. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Guregian, Karen (April 30, 2008). "Patriots’ Slater makes dad proud". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  7. ^ Reiss, Mike (January 5, 2012). "Slater leads way on special teams". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  8. ^ Blakely, A.Sherrod (August 9, 2011). "Slater truly a special captain". New England Cable News. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  9. ^ Scalavino, Erik (September 8, 2011). "Captains revealed, with some surprises; Thu. notes". New England Cable News. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  10. ^ Kenyon, Paul (September 12, 2011). "Patriots Journal: Slater snares his first regular-season catch". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  11. ^ "Matthew Slater: Career Stats". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  12. ^ Santoro, Tony (December 7, 2011). "Matthew Slater: Can He Be the Answer at Safety for the New England Patriots?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  13. ^ Reiss, Mike (December 27, 2011). "Patriots Pro Bowl analysis". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  14. ^ Author, None (December 27, 2011). "2012 Pro Bowl Rosters". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  15. ^ Staff, PFW (January 16, 2012). "2011 All-NFL team". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  16. ^ Staff, PFW (January 17, 2012). "2011 All-AFC team". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  17. ^ Price, Christopher (December 28, 2011). "Like father, like son: Jackie Slater ecstatic for Matthew's Pro Bowl berth". WEEI-FM. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  18. ^ Patriots, New England (March 15, 2012). "Patriots re-sign WR Matthew Slater; Sign DT Marcus Harrison". Patriots.com. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  19. ^ "Patriots Name Six 2012 Team Captains". CBS Boston. September 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  20. ^ "Tom Brady steps down as Patriots’ player rep, Matt Light also relinquishes role". Boston Herald. September 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  21. ^ "2013 Pro Bowl Rosters: AFC, NFC". NFL. December 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  22. ^ Arkush, Dan (January 10, 2013). "PFW/PFWA 2012 All-NFL team". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  23. ^ Howe, Jeff (January 2, 2014). "Matthew Slater discusses new role in breaking down team". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  24. ^ Yates, Field (November 26, 2014). "Pats extend Slater through 2016". ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  25. ^ Smith, Michael David (November 26, 2012). "Manning, Matthews, Slater following their fathers to the Pro Bowl". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ Smith, Christopher (December 23, 2015). "Patriots' Matthew Slater two Pro Bowl selections shy of dad Jackie; 'I'll never be as good as my dad'". 
  27. ^ Orr, Conor. "Matthew Slater inks 1-year extension with Patriots". NFL.com. 
  28. ^ "Matthew Slater wins 2017 Bart Starr Award". Patriots.com. 
  29. ^ "Matthew Slater receives 2013 Ron Burton Community Service Award". Patriots. August 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  30. ^ "New England Patriots Receiver Matthew Slater Announced as Local Member of United Way Team NFL". United Way of America. September 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  31. ^ Laguarda, New Ignacio (September 24, 2012). "Patriots' Slater gets Waltham Boys & Girls Club kids pumped up for reading". Wickedlocal.com. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  32. ^ "Matthew vs. Matthew: Matthew Slater hosts fundraiser to help relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew". Patriots.com All Access. October 27, 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  33. ^ Author, Anonymous (December 15, 2011). "Matthew Slater prays for Tim Tebow because ‘he’s putting himself out there on a limb". WEEI-FM. Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  34. ^ Paoletti, Mary (January 11, 2012). "Slater a fan of Tebow...the Christian". Comcast SportsNet New England. Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  35. ^ "Matthew Slater". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2015-02-14. 

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