Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Clay Matthews Sr. will be inducted into the infamous “Ring of Honor” in FirstEnergy Stadium on Sept. 22. The news comes just a day after the team announced they will be building a statue for another Browns legend, Otto Graham.
Matthews got the call from Browns’ general manager John Dorsey earlier this summer. It was one he said he never expected.
“To honor me at the platform and with that going on and having him here, I’m just honored. I’m honored by the Haslam family and the folks who think I’m worthy of doing it,” Matthews said.
Matthews was selected 12th overall in the 1978 NFL draft and played 16 of his 19 NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, accumulating a total of 1,430 total tackles, 76.5 sacks, 24 forced fumbles and 14 interceptions with the Browns.
Matthews will be the first player to be inducted into the Browns Ring of Honor who is not currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he has been a semifinalist to make the HOF three times, including last year.
Matthews stated that he is very excited to share this experience with his friends and family, in addition to the city of Cleveland as well.
“When I come back here, the folks are just so involved and cared so much about the team. It made my 16 years here just delightful. The way you could go anywhere, and folks here wouldn’t bother you too much, but you’d have a conversation and they were knowledgeable and informed. It was just a great experience. The only thing lacking was getting completely over the top and winning the Super Bowl, but we’re heading in the right direction.”
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