|Born:||March 7, 1969|
|NFL Draft:||1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40|
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Matthew Brent Blundin (born March 7, 1969) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. He was a back-up quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions during the 1990s. He played college football at Virginia.
Blundin was a heavily recruited athlete by a number of colleges during his time in Ridley High School. A standout in both football and basketball, Blundin once dunked on The Dan Patrick Show blogger Andrew "McLovin" Perloff who played at Lower Merion High School. Penn State recruited the Pennsylvania native to play football, however he enrolled at the University of Virginia since he was promised the opportunity to play basketball in addition to football. Blundin had limited offensive skills but was a valuable interior defender and rebounder for the Cavalier basketball team. In 1989, Blundin was part of a Virginia team that advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. In football, Blundin was the primary back-up to Shawn Moore from 1988 to 1990 and made two starts when Moore was injured. In the first game of the 1991 season, Virginia, which had an explosive offense in 1990, was only able to score 6 points in a loss at Maryland. Blundin then developed a serious bacterial infection in his throwing arm that forced him to miss the next two games, a win over Navy and a narrow road loss to highly ranked Georgia Tech. Although backup Bobby Goodman performed well, especially against Georgia Tech, coach George Welsh did not hesitate to restore Blundin as the starter. Both Blundin and the Cavaliers thrived for the remainder of the regular season, with the only setback a tie at Clemson. The Cavaliers finished the regular season 8-2-1 and were invited to the Gator Bowl, where they suffered a lopsided loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.
Blundin's most noteworthy accomplishment during his college career was that he threw 224 passes over the entire 1991 regular season without throwing a single interception. He also led the ACC in passing efficiency that year and was named the ACC player of the year.
Despite Blundin's limited starting experience, his strong arm and 6'7" height resulted in him being drafted in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. In 1995, he was allocated to the Scottish Claymores of the World League of American Football. Blundin received limited playing time in his career as a backup for the Chiefs and later the Detroit Lions. ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman gave him the nickname Matt "Werewolves of" Blundin which was inspired by the song "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon.
Blundin concluded his professional career with the Detroit Lions as the third-string quarterback in 1997. In week 11 against the Washington Redskins, Blundin entered the game in the fourth quarter after injuries to starting quarterback Scott Mitchell and backup quarterback Frank Reich. Blundin attempted one pass, his first since 1994, which was intercepted by Redskins safety Darryl Pounds and returned for a touchdown.
- ↑ Trent Dilfer | Players | Nflplayers.Com
- ↑ "Matt Blundin". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/matt-blundin-1.html. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- ↑ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1997/gamerep/week11/david10.htm
- ↑ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1997/gamerep/week11/lions10.htm
- ↑ "Matt Blundin". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BlunMa00.htm. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- ↑ "Woodberry Forest School Appoints Matt Blundin as Next Athletic Director". woodberry.org. January 27, 2016. http://www.woodberry.org/page/News-Detail?pk=830194&fromId=157220. Retrieved September 6, 2016.