Nissan brings you inside one of pro football’s most iconic families. Former all-pro Clay Matthews Jr. is the second generation of an incredible three-generation professional football family. He tells us the story of football #withdad.
"Nissan | #withdad | Clay Matthews Jr. - Destined for Football"
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Professional sports, it's all about winning. Sometimes things don't work out. The team that when you don't play as well as you like, when you came home and there's five kids and a different agenda. It didn't matter if you'd won or played well. All of that became secondary. I'm Clay Matthews Jr., father of Clay Matthews III, with Green Bay, and Casey Matthews with Philadelphia. I had five kids. They were a lot of work. My father told me once, in regards to not showing favoritism, take each child aside, tell them it's a secret that they're your favorite kid. I guess the cat's out of the bag, but that's what I did. You know, I never tried to steer them into any sport. People come up and they think I have a plan. Did you feed them a certain way, did you train them a certain way. I didn't have a plan at all. We had them in soccer because our neighbors were in soccer. They didn't play football until we missed the sign-ups for soccer. Somebody said, hey they can play football. Well, that was the end of it. I guess if you look at parenting style in regard to coaching your own kids, I swore I'd never do it. I realize there was an opportunity out there for the talents I had to help. With Clay, I didn't play him as much as he wanted to play. I didn't believe he was ready. I had somebody else playing and I thought that person at the time was better. You second guess yourself as a parent all the time. Am I doing the right things? Is this the right move? Believe you did the best you could and see where it turns out.
Clay Matthews Jr.
Former Pro Linebacker (1978 - 1996)
Destined For Football