Matthias Askew
No. 96
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1982-07-01) July 1, 1982 (age 38)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:302 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Lauderdale (FL) Dillard
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114
Career history
* Cincinnati Bengals ( 2004 2005)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at

Matthias Askew (born July 1, 1982) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State.

Askew has also been a member of the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos.

College career

Askew started 19 of 35 games during his career at Michigan State University, recording 144 tackles with seven sacks, 18.5 stops for losses, 24 quarterback pressures, an interception and eight pass deflections.

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

Askew was drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft by Cincinnati after leaving college early to declare for the NFL draft. He was projected by many to be a possible first round pick the following year had he stayed in school.

The Bengals waived Askew during the 2006 pre-season shortly after he was arrested for resisting arrest earlier in the summer. During the arrest he was tasered.[1] Later he had brought suit against the city of Cincinnati, and charges were dropped.

Washington Redskins

On August 13, 2007, Askew signed with the Washington Redskins. However, he was released at the conclusion of the preseason on September 1 and spent the season out of football.

Askew was re-signed by the Redskins on March 17, 2008. He was released again during final cuts on August 30.

Denver Broncos

Askew was signed to the practice squad of the Denver Broncos on November 3, 2008. He was waived on September 4, 2009.

Detroit Lions

Askew was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad on September 23, 2009.

Toronto Argonauts

On October 20, 2010, Askew signed a practice roster agreement with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He was released by the Argonauts on June 8, 2011.

Legal issues

In 2006, Askew was arrested after he refused to move his parked car out of an illegal parking spot. He was tasered by police during the incident. He is currently suing the officer for $50 million after the charges were found unproven.


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