While it looked like Aaron Rodgers would be the media darling post SB XLV, it’s his long haired linebacker who has blown by the MVP’s Disney World and “Late Show” appearances in sheer volume since Cowboys Stadium.
While not a complete round-up, since walking off the field and post-game partying with Kid Rock, Matthews hit the talk show circuit by sitting down with Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno, appeared on WWE’s “Friday Night Smackdown,” called in to at least a dozen radio shows, was a presenter at the Grammy Awards with “Glee” star Lea Michelle and also managed to find time to shoot a commercial for Muscle Milk.
Thus, the man with the mane sure knows how to capitalize.
Lessons learned from the family tree? We’ve all heard about his pure pigskin lineage by now with dad, Clay Jr., and Hall of Fame uncle Bruce’s combined 38 NFL years between them and zero Super Bowl rings. Throw in grandpa, the original Clay, and his four seasons with the 49ers (albeit pre Super Bowl days, but still no championships) and it’s been quite the dry spell for the Matthews clan.
So when Leno asked him what his dad’s pregame words were, Matthews replied, “He told me I needed to win or I wasn’t allowed home.”
So now that he’s done just that he’s taking full advantage of what’s out there.
“An NFL player’s career only lasts for so long,” Matthews told Brian Kenny of “The Herd.” “After a Super Bowl win you’re going to be thrust into the media spotlight, so I took a few opportunities and I’m having fun with it.”
But according to Matthews, the most fun was his WWE appearance. While originally just a spectator with fellow Packers Tom Crabtree, Bryan Bulaga and Graham Harrell, wrestler/executive Triple H pulled him backstage and convinced him to be a guest referee.
“I was more nervous doing that than going into the Super Bowl,” said Matthews who made a perfect stomach first slide under the ropes and into the ring to make the three-count to help champion Edge keep his title as the guest referee. “It brought me back to being a kid.”
Matthews, who is oft-called “Mr. Suave” in reference to his endorsement deal with the company’s shampoos and conditioners, also had a little fun by giving them coronaries when he posted this Twitter pic (above) earlier today and writing, “Just got my Britney Spears on…what do you think??”
Nice, but we’re betting that it’s a skull cap for another commercial. Suave’s paying him way too much to go Britney.
And what’s next for the NFL’s newest media maven?
He’s actually keepin’ it real in Oshkosh, Wisc. for an ice fishing tournament with his dad on Lake Winnebago. It’s not the Grammy’s, but the tourney opens with the “largest fish fry on ice” which in truth sounds pretty awesome — yet another perk to being a Super Bowl winner. At least he is bringing pops along.