Career: 19 seasons (1978-96)
Teams:Cleveland Browns (1978-93), Atlanta Falcons (1994-96)
Stats:278 games, 1,561 tackles, 69.5 sacks, 16 interceptions, 4 Pro Bowl appearances
Super Bowl titles:0
Bottom line:Clay Matthews is underrated in his own family.
Many know the career of his son Clay III, who became a superstar linebacker first at USC, then with the Green Bay Packers.
Clay’s brother Bruce is considered one of the greatest offensive linemen of all time, and the patriarch Clay Sr. is revered in football circles.
But Clay’s toughness was his calling card, and few realize Matthews ranks third in tackles in NFL history, just one behind Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.
Matthews never gets Hall of Fame consideration, but that should change.