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Jack Matheson
Position:End, guard
Personal information
Born: (1920-06-09) June 9, 1920 (age 101)
Detroit, Michigan
Died:February 14, 1997(1997-02-14) (aged 76)
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake View
College:Western Michigan
Career history
* Detroit Lions (19431946)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:73
Receiving yards:27
Player stats at PFR

Jack Kenneth Matheson (June 9, 1920 – February 14, 1997) was an American football player.

A native of Detroit, he played college football at Western Michigan College of Education (later renamed Western Michigan University). He later played professional football at the guard and end positions in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons for the Detroit Lions (1943-1946) and Chicago Bears (1947). He appeared in 42 NFL games, 32 of them as a starter, and totaled 73 receptions for 944 yards.[1] During his four seasons with the Lions, he set the club's career record (later broken) with 73 receptions, breaking a record previously held by Lloyd Cardwell.[2] He also set the Lions' single-season record with 23 receptions in 1944, though his mark was eclipsed the following year by John Greene.[2]

While playing professional football, Matheson also worked as a toolmaker.[3] Matheson died at age 76 in 1997 in Okeechobee County, Florida.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jack Matheson". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Matheson 56th Lion to Enter Fold for 1946". Detroit Free Press: p. 18. June 19, 1946.
  3. "Jack Matheson Gets Chance with Lions". Detroit Free Press: p. 24. October 22, 1943.