Matt Vanderbeek
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-08-16) August 16, 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth: Saugatuck, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan State
Undrafted in 1990
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Indianapolis Colts ( 1990)
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable-mention All-Big Ten (1989)
Games played     81
Stats at
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Matthew James Vanderbeek (born August 16, 1967) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Michigan State University.

Early years

Vanderbeek attended West Ottawa High School, where he practiced football and track. He received All-state honors as a senior. He accepted a football scholarship to play for Michigan State University. As a junior, he became a starter at defensive end.

As a senior, he posted 60 tackles (11 for loss), 2 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten.[1] He finished his college career with 119 career tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback sacks.

Professional career

Indianapolis Colts (first stint)

Vanderbeek was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts after the 1990 NFL Draft. As rookie, he was converted into an inside linebacker, appearing in 16 games with 7 starts, while resitering 46 tackles. He started the last 4 games at left inside linebacker in place of a injured Fredd Young.

Minnesota Vikings

On March 18, 1991, he signed in Plan B free agency with the Minnesota Vikings. He suffered a hand injury in training camp and was placed on the injured reserve list on August 27.[2] He was released on October 8.

Indianapolis Colts (second stint)

On October 23, 1991, Vanderbeek was signed by the Indianapolis Colts and became a special teams standout.[3] He started at left inside linebacker in place of an injured Scott Radecic against the Cleveland Browns. He finished the season with 11 tackles. He was released on August 31, 1992.[4] He was cut on August 30, 1993.[5]

Dallas Cowboys

On August 31, 1993, Vanderbeek was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.[6] He registered 22 special teams tackles (second on the team) and contributed to the team winning Super Bowl XXVIII.[7] In 1994, He finished with 16 special teams tackles.

Washington Redskins

On March 28, 1995, Vanderbeek signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins.[8] He was placed on the injured reserve list on September 4, 1996, after suffering a torn rotator cuff injury against the Philadelphia Eagles.[9]

Personal life

Vanderbeek currently works as a real estate broker.


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