Matthews during the 2009 NFL season
|No. 88, 86, 80|
|Date of birth:October 9, 1983|
|Place of birth: West Covina, California|
|College: Georgia Tech|
|Undrafted in 2007|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New York Giants ( 2007– 2008)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Super Bowl champion (XLII)|
Michael Lee Matthews (born October 9, 1983) is a former American football tight end for the New York Giants. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Georgia Tech.
Matthews attended Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, Track, and baseball. In football, he was named as a first team All-City selection, a second team All-District selection, and a first team All-Conference selection. Michael Matthews graduated from Sycamore High School in 2002.
New York Giants
Matthews was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Matthews played in every game for the Giants in the 2007 season as a backup tight end behind Jeremy Shockey and Kevin Boss, in which he was an important contributor to the team's rushing attack with his strong blocking. Matthews went on to win Super Bowl XLII with the Giants; he started the game with Boss in a double tight end formation.
Matthews returned to the Giants to serve as the backup tight end behind Kevin Boss in 2008. Matthews is typically used as a blocking tight end, with Boss being the receiving tight end.
New England Patriots
Matthews was traded to the New England Patriots on September 5, 2009, in exchange for a conditional 2011 draft pick. He was waived on October 20; the condition for the trade was not met, meaning the Patriots did not surrender a draft choice.
Matthews signed with the Buffalo Bills on April 21, 2010. He was injury waived on August 23.
On August 9, 2011, Matthews signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
- Reiss, Mike (September 5, 2009). "Patriots making trades at tight end". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2009/09/report_te_david.html. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
- Rapoport, Ian (October 20, 2009). "Bill Belichick on Joey Galloway’s release: "We moved on on that one… It just didn’t work out."". Boston Herald. http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/index.php/2009/10/20/bill-belichick-on-joey-galloways-release-we-moved-on-on-that-one-it-just-didnt-work-out/#more-4250. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
- Adam Schefter [@AdamSchefter] (December 15, 2009). "Lions claimed LB Brian Witherspoon on waivers from Jaguars, signed former NYG TE Michael Matthews and RB Cedric Peerman off practice squad.". https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/6710049093.
- "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. May 19, 2011. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4224443. Retrieved June 14, 2011.