Matthews continuing family’s linebacker tradition

Oregon's Casey Matthews is following in his brother's and father's footsteps in continuing the linebacker tradition. (Alix Drawec/NFL)

MOBILE, Ala. — Wait, Clay Matthews III is getting ready for the Super Bowl, not the Senior Bowl, right? Fans in attendance at Ladd-Peebles Stadium could be forgiven if they got confused for a second.

The man with the long and flowing hair using a spin move to glide past a blocker and attack the quarterback might have looked like Clay, but it was in fact his brother, Casey.

The former Oregon Duck is the latest linebacker in the Matthews family lineage to become a highly touted prospect. Casey was quick to credit Clay for helping him get ready for the Senior Bowl this week and made clear he is proud to be following his dad and brother into the NFL.

“I’ve talked to him quite a bit,” Casey said. “He’s given me the basics on things. It’s good to have some people in the family who have done this before.”

Football is not the only family tradition Matthews hopes to continue, though. There is the matter of that hair.

“It’s a nice, little look in the Matthews family, so I’m going to keep it going for a while,” he remarked.

Asked whether he had any return advice for his Dallas-bound brother, Casey didn’t waste any time.

“(To) play like he did last year against the Steelers,” Matthews said. “He did well last year (he had seven tackles and two sacks in that game), and got after it.

“I don’t have to tell him anything, though. He’s got that mindset and that constant motor. He’s fun to watch.”

Millions of Packer fans would agree.

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