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Clay Matthews III: NFL, Film, Injuries, Controversies & Net Worth

Clay Matthews III is a former professional American Footballer who played as an outside linebacker. He is one of the most successful players of his generation.

According to National Football League Statistics of 2020, Matthews has 519 tackles, 91.5 sacks, 43 pass deflections, and six defensive touchdowns records.

Besides football, Matthews has also made a name in the film fraternity by starring in some movies; ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ and ‘Entourage.’

Clay Matthews
Clay Matthews during a Game

Matthews played eleven seasons in the National Football League, six times in Pro Bowl selection, and one season in Super Bowl Championship three times Pac-12 Conference.

And two times in All-Pro representing the clubs Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams.

He won the ‘Pro-Football Weekly Award’ (PFWA), ‘National Football League Defensive Player of the Year’, and ‘Butkus Award’ in 2010.

Let’s have glimpses of Clay Matthews’ life moments.

Quick Facts

Full Name William Clay Matthews III
Nick Name Claymaker, Psycho(childhood)
Other names Clay Matthews III, William Clay Matthews, Clay Matthews
Date of birth May 14, 1986
Place of birth Northridge Los Angeles, United States
Residence Agoura Hills, California, United States
Religion Non-religious
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Educational level Graduated
School Agoura Hills High School
College The University of Southern California
Father’s Name Clay Matthews Jr.
Mother’s Name Leslie Matthews
Siblings Casey Matthews, Brain Matthews, Jennifer Matthews, Kyle Matthews
Age 34 years (as of May 2020)
Height 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm)
Weight 116 kgs
Biceps 43 cm
Waist Size 119 cm
Feet Size 12 cm
Butt Size 130 cm
Clothing Style Casual
Eye Color Grey
Hair Color Dark Brown
Hair Type Straight
Hair Length Long Hair
Hairstyle Ponytail
Skin Color Fair skin
Skin Type Normal
Gender Male
Sexuality Straight
Marital Status Married
Spouse Casey Noble
Ex-Girlfriend Kristi Stalter
Son William Clay Matthews IV
Daughter Madeline Joy Matthews
Favorite color Green
Awards Won Pro Football Weekly Award’ (PFWA), ‘National Football League Defensive Player of the Year’, and ‘Butkus Award’
Movies Starred Pitch Perfect 2 and Entourage
Profession American footballer
Website claymatthews52
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Net worth $10 million
Merch Signed Photograph, Signed Full-Size Duke Football, Signed Rookie Card

Early Years

Clay Matthews was born on May 14, 1986, in the Northridge section of Los Angeles. His father, Clay Matthews Jr., was also a professional football player.

He has a close, loving relationship with his father. He learned a lot from him, especially about nature.

Matthews comes from a professional football player’s family background history. His grandfather William Clay Matthews Sr. and brother Casey Christopher Matthews were former American footballers.

His uncle, Bruce Matthews, is a former offensive lineman and cousin, Kevin Matthews is a former American football center, and Jake Matthews is an American football offensive tackle.

Matthews’ love for football had surfaced from the beginning of his childhood. His father and his mother, Leslie Matthews, encouraged their son to participate in all such activities of playing.

Matthews with his father posing for a photograph
Clay Matthews with his father, Clay Matthews Jr.

Matthews attended Agoura Hills High School in California, where he played for the Pre-K team of Agoura Chargers. He was physically a late bloomer and average in studies.

Although he had much love for playing football, his father, Clay Matthews Jr., the team’s defensive coordinator, declined to instigate his son because of his undersized physique.

Clay Matthews: Personal Life

Clay Matthews’ Girlfriend

Before his marriage, Matthews had a love relationship with another girl named Kristi Stalter. Stalter is a blogger and fashion model and worked as an elementary school teacher as well.

Both of them wanted to keep their affairs private, but they spotted together when she was in Green Bay for the Lions game in 2013.

Clay Matthews’ Wife

Clay Matthews had tied the knot with a famous television personality Casey Noble in 2015 when he was 29 years old.

The couple is blessed with two children, a baby boy William Clay Matthews IV, and a beautiful daughter Madeline Joy Matthews. Matthews and Noble were first spotted together in 2013 at a hockey game.

The couple decided to get married in 2015 but kept their marriage private. Packers leaked pictures of their wedding in 2015.

Previously, Noble was married to Peter Sarantos in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2008. It is rumored that she was still married to peter when she meets Matthews.

Noble has worked as a television personality before getting married to Matthews.

Her first appearance on TV was on the show called ‘Design Star,’ later, she became the host of HGTV’s ‘Design on a Dine’ and Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible.’

Matthews' Wife Casey Noble's as his personal life partner
Matthews with His Wife, Casey Noble

During the off-season, they live together and spend the vacation with their children in Calabasas, California, where the outside linebacker spent his early years.

Clay Matthews: Career

College Career

Physical transformation in Matthews began developing in his senior season. He attended the University of Southern California in the United States.

He got the chance to play in the University of Southern California’s (USCs) Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship for the Trojan football team from 2004 to 2008.

College Photograph in football ground with friend
Clay Matthews in his college career playing for the University of Southern California. From

Matthews spectacularly performed special team play and was awarded USCs Co-special Team Player of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008, making him the only person in history to be awarded consecutively for three years.

The University of Southern California (USCs) enlisted Matthews among 12 senior football players, and the Sports Illustrated 2009 National Football League Draft Preview magazine featured him in the same year.

NFL Career

Matthews always hoped to play in the National Football League (NFL) Championship representing a famous club.

In the 2009 National Football League Draft process, the Green Bay Packers, a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, acquired Matthews with the 26th overall selection.

After selecting Matthews, Kevin Greene, former All-Pro linebacker, opined that “Matthews has a set of skills that I have not seen in an outside linebacker. He is better than Kevin Greene was.”

From here, Matthews started his professional career and proved to be a skillful linebacker.

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After a stunning performance in the 13th week of that season with six tackles and two sacks, he was awarded the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

He became the first Packers’ rookie selected to be in a Pro-Bowl after being added to the 2010 Pro-Bowl NFC Squad.

 Matthews was awarded three titles – SN-NFL Defensive Player of the Year, NFC Defensive Player of the Year, and Butkus Award.

In the 2010 National Football League, he uses different tactics to finish with a season record of 60 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and four pass deflections.

Also, Matthews was awarded three titles in 2010- SN-NFL Defensive Player of the Year, NFC Defensive Player of the Year, and Butkus Award.


Matthews started playing the 2009 season of Monday Night Football National Football League (NFL) on October 5, 2009 and scored his first career touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.

The ESPN ranked Matthews second-best pass rusher and the fourth-best linebacker before the 2011 season and the second-best outside linebacker by Sporting News before the 2012 season.

He became the highest-paid linebacker in National Football League history after Matthews signed a contract worth $66 million with the Green Bay Packers for five seasons starting from 2014

Matthews was ranked 57th and 82nd on the NFL Top 100 Player of 2016 and NFL Top Player of 2017, respectively, and in September of 2017, he became the Packer’s all-time sacks leader.

After reaching a deadline with the Packers, he was released as an unrestricted free agent and signed two years of deal with the Los Angeles Rams football team on March 19, 2019.

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Clay Matthews: Controversies and Injuries

Among many athletes, Matthews was alleged as an illegal performance-enhancing drug user in The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopes, an Al Jazeera 2016 documentary.

After an investigation, the NFL cleared Matthews in August 2016, quoting “no credible evidence.”

During the 2018 season, he was called two times for a controversial roughing the pass penalty against Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins.

Matthews has suffered from many injuries during his NFL career. He injured his thumb two times in the consecutive season, 2013 and 2014.

On June 2, 2018, in the off-season Green and Gold Charity Softball Game, the ball directly hit and broke his nose. Later in the 2019 National Football League, Matthews suffered from a broken jaw followed by surgery.

Others Ventures

Aside from football, Matthews has also made a name in the film fraternity.

In 2015, through the production of ‘Gold Circle Films Brownstone,’ Matthews, along with his former Packer’s teammates, appeared in a musical comedy film, ‘Pitch Perfect 2’.

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is a sequel to the 2012 American musical comedy movie Pitch Perfect, which received mixed reviews.

Later in the same year of 2015, he starred in ‘Entourage’ as cameos. ‘Entourage’ is also a comedy film directed and produced by Doug Ellin and generally received negative reviews from critics.

Matthews also played a short YouTube video based on his determination towards the football game, which shows greatness is in his blood.

The video’s title is ‘Clay Matthews: Building the Legacy,’ directed by Jason B. Bergh and has received 109k views.

On February 09, 2011, Matthews appeared in Friday Night World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Smack-down to assist as a backup referee to Vickie Guerrero.

The original special referee for the Edge’s (Adam Joseph Copeland) World Heavyweight Championship match against Dolph Ziggler (Nicolas Theodore Nemeth).

WWE invited the winning team of Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay Packers, as this episode was taking place in Green Bay.

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Net Worth

Clay Matthews is one of the highest-paid American footballers in the United States.

estimated net worth of Matthews is $10 million.

He has earned quite a lot of money during his playing career.

Social Media

Though Matthews does not actively share his daily life activities over social media, he has been using Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter since 2009.

Matthews Twitter’s account name is ClayMatthews52, and Instagram’s account name is claymatthews52, with millions of followers on both of them.

Here is the recent photo of Matthews’ with Snoop Dogg.

Also, Clay Matthews III has a Facebook account with over 785 k likes, through which he shares his ecstatic life moments.

Matthews has an interest in doing social works as well. He has raised funds for the treatment of cancer patients in 2016.

Clay Matthews: Present Life

Matthews has been an unrestricted free agent after being released by the Los Angeles Rams football team in 2020 March.

Though the Seahawks football team showed some interest in signing him in August 2020, 34 years old Matthews had not garnered much interest, therefore they did not make any deal.

According to Adam Schefter, an Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN’s), the Broncos football team was enthusiastically looking into signing Matthews as a replacement for Von Miller in September 2020.

But no further news has been released on this topic.

Fans of Matthews’ including his wife Casey Noble and family members, would love to see him back in the ground with a spectacular performance.


Why Clay Matthews leave Green Bay Packers?

After the end of his contract in the 2018 NFL season, Green Bay Packers’ did not sign him again.

Did Clay Matthews retire?

In 2019, Matthews signed with Los Angeles Rams football club for two years. He is now an unrestricted free agent looking for a club to play.

Does Clay Matthews III have a tattoo?

No, Matthews doesn’t have any tattoo.

Does Clay Matthews III smoke?

No, Matthews doesn’t smoke.

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