Matthew Willis
Willis at a game in Denver on January 3, 2010.
No. 12     Denver Broncos
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-04-13) April 13, 1984 (age 36)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2007 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions     30
Receiving yards     385
Receiving average     12.8
Receiving TDs     1

Matthew Anthony Willis (born April 13, 1984) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at UCLA.

Early yearsEdit

Willis attended Servite High School in California.

College careerEdit

Willis played college football at UCLA and during his career there, he made 21 appearances with 24 receptions for 248 yards and three touchdowns. He majored in sociology.

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

Willis was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4, 2007. In his rookie year, he played in five games making one reception for 11 yards, he also spent some time on defense making one tackle.[1] He was released from the team's practice squad on September 17, 2008 to make room for defensive tackle J'Vonne Parker.

Denver BroncosEdit

Willis was signed to the practice squad of the Denver Broncos on December 23, 2008 and remained there through the end of the season.

The following year, Willis was waived during final cuts on September 5 and re-signed to the team's practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on January 1, 2010 after offensive tackle Herb Taylor was waived.[2] In a preseason game on August 15, 2010 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Willis dropped a pass from former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow which would have been a huge gain for Tim Tebow's first appearance in a Broncos uniform. Apart from that, though, Willis did well in camp and in pre-season.

On October 17, 2010, in a game against the New York Jets, Willis suffered a broken foot, and was placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve.[3]

Following the 2011 season, Willis became a restricted free agent, but was re-signed on April 16, 2012.

Other activitiesEdit

Shortly after the NFL lockout, Willis participated as a contestant on G4's American Ninja Warrior. Willis succeeded in the first round competition but was too slow in completing it and was eliminated before he could go to the semi-finals.


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