The Chicago Bears will host The Green Bay Packers as they compete for the NFC Championship game next Sunday, Jan. 23rd in Chicago.
Clay Matthews III, starting linebacker for the Packers, comes from a football family. His father, Clay Matthews, Jr. was a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons. Matthews' uncle, Bruce Matthews, played an offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. His grandfather, Clay Matthews, Sr., played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s. His younger brother Casey Matthews is a linebacker for the University of Oregon Ducks. His cousin, Kevin is a center for the Tennessee Titans. Matthews second cousin, Jake, is the starting right tackle for Texas A&M University.
Matthews, III father, Clay Matthews, Jr. said, "My dad (Clay Matthews, Sr.) was very clear. He said 'You guys can do whatever you want, and I'll be proud of you. But, whatever you're going to do, apply yourself, be responsible, show up and do it like you mean it.'"
Obviously the family of football players have taken the elder's words to heart with their successes. It takes being responsible and applying yourself to your goals and challenges no matter what the circumstances in order to be successful.
Matthews III is fortunate to come from a supportive family with obvious football goals, however, many athletes come from broken homes and they don't always have the family support needed to be successful on and off the playing field.
However, you can still win in life, no matter what others may say, if you follow those principles: apply yourself; be responsible; show up; and put 100% effort into accomplishing your dreams.
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