COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews will be the seventh member of his family to play in the NFL if he is drafted as expected in May.
He knows his football lineage doesn't hurt him, but hopes that his work as a four-year starter for the Aggies is what really wows the scouts.
"It's always been a little something to think about," Matthews said of his famous last name. "It's a special situation. Now that I finally have my shot I'm just looking forward to going out and proving it doesn't matter what my name is, what matters is that I can play and I'm capable. And I hope teams get that from me and not just going off my name."
Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, did position drills at A&M's pro day on Wednesday. Afterward, he met with officials from the St. Louis Rams, who have the second overall pick in the draft. Matthews and Auburn's Greg Robinson are considered to be the best offensive tackles available in the draft and most believe the Rams will choose one of them.
Other members of the Matthews family who have played or are currently playing in the NFL are his grandfather Clay Matthews (offensive tackle, San Francisco), uncle Clay Matthews, Jr. (linebacker, Browns, Falcons), cousin Clay Matthews III (linebacker, Green Bay), brother Kevin Matthews (center, Tennessee) and cousin Casey Matthews (linebacker, Philadelphia).
He said growing up in that environment was invaluable to his development as a player.
"It helps a lot," he said. "It's kind of like I've been training for this whole process my whole life. It's really humbling, especially being a part of this family with the tradition of football we have."
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