If NFL success is genetic, the Redskins just landed a gem.
Early this afternoon, the Redskins made a relatively under-the-radar move, swapping undrafted center Kyle Wilborn for free agent Kevin Matthews, who likewise went undrafted in 2010.
Delving deeper into his bio with the Tennessee Titans, I discovered Kevin comes from a noteworthy NFL bloodline: that Matthews NFL family.
His father, Bruce Matthews, was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans. Bruce was a true utility-man, playing all five line positions and blocking for the legendary Earl Campbell en route to 14 Pro Bowls.
The elder Matthews may have had something to do with the younger Matthews getting his foot in the NFL door, as Bruce was the offensive line coach in Tennessee when the Titans signed Kevin.
But never fear nepotism, sports fans, as Kevin earned his way into 17 games with three starts in three seasons, including 14 and two in 2012.
So goes the offensive side of the Matthews family, as Kevin’s uncle and cousins had/are having remarkable careers on the defensive side of the ball.
Clay Matthews Jr. played 19 seasons as an NFL linebacker, earning four Pro Bowl nods and going down as the oldest player to ever record an NFL sack (40 years, 282 days).
More importantly, he and his wife went on Family Feud and won the showdown but did not win the $10,000.
Clay Matthews III is an All-Pro outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. He has successfully parlayed his ferocious pass rush, Super Bowl ring and Fabio-esque hair into a whole host of endorsement deals (and here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here).
Maybe he can flip Kevin an endorsement deal someday.
Little cousin Casey plays for the division rival Philadelphia Eagles, and is probably best known at this point for being Clay’s brother.
Playing at inside linebacker, it is conceivable that Casey could match up against cousin Kevin at some point on the NFL gridiron.
With so much NFL success pumping through his veins, it’s impossible to believe that Kevin isn’t destined for a Hall of Fame career. Now that he has a fresh start in Washington, the sky is the limit.