View Full Version : The IronMan: Bruce Matthews

07-31-2007, 02:00 AM
We are kinda counting down the week ...Mike had Hickerson, I got Matthews....we'll see who you get tomorrow LOL

The IronMan: Bruce Matthews

by Deb

He is referred to the most durable linesman in NFL History. Nineteen years with the same team. Nineteen years and never missed a game due to an injury. With a steady diet of cheeseburgers and diet cokes...he was more than a football player, he was a committed family man and one of the NFL's Good Guys

His Dad was Clay Matthews...who played in the NFL in the 50's. He also had a brother named Clay who played 19 season with the Browns and Falcons. People talk about the Manning Dynasty now....this was the original.

In the 1983 draft, the Oilers passed on future Hall of Famers John Elway, Eric Dickerson, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, and yet, it's hard to find fault in their eventual first round selection. That's because the team landed arguably the best, certainly the most versatile and unquestionably the most durable offensive lineman in league history. He held out is rookie season...but after that never looked back.

The amazing thing about Matthews was he didn't just play one position. He thrived at every position on the line.
These are his Pro Bowl appearances.....how many players have gone to the pro bowl at different positions?...yet look what he has accomplished.

-four times as a center
-right guard three times
-left tackle twice
-he was an alternate at right an left tackle

...........and he was always the teams long snapper for the majority of his career.

Matthews was one of those blue-collar-work-in-the-trenches kinda guys. The fans loved him. And he loved the fans and Houston. He was one of the few that didn't want to leave Houston and make that trip to Tennessee.

SO Bruce.....Salute. This is your turn to shine.